Right off the bat…yes. Yes, acupuncture can treat an old knee injury. Ordinarily the newer the injury, the better acupuncture can treat it. But sometimes (often times) the wonder of Chinese Medicine will surprise me.
Acupuncture for a 27 Year Old Knee Injury
Let me tell you about one of my patients, Sally. Sally had twisted her knee dancing when she was 12 years old. Her medical care at the time consisted of a velcro brace for 2 months to immobilize, and no rehabilitation. Her doctor told her it was a phase, and she would grow out of it. (Yes, he called an injury a phase). She proceeded to re-injure that knee almost yearly for the next 4 years, playing softball in high school. By the time she got to college, her knee was constantly swollen, with pain during any high impact activity. At the age of 28, she had her first MRI on the knee.
At this point her knee symptoms were:
- Constant swelling in her joint
- Crepitis -popping and cracking in the joint
- Decreased mobility, unable to bend or straighten completely
- Painful to walk downstairs or hills
- Pain with running or jumping
The MRI showed advanced arthritis, bursitis, and her knee cap was laterally deviated 6mm. At this point, she took the info and basically put it in her pocket.