Mr. Peterson came to see me for treatment for his extremely painful knee. He could barely put weight on this particular leg, bending the leg was impossible, and he found it very difficult to sit down. This was going on for a few months, before he decided to come and find out if I could help him. The doctors told him that he would need a knee replacement. But he wanted to try an alternative first.
He was suffering from arthritis, which was caused when his knee joint became inflamed. His arthritis was accompanied by pain in his knee joint, inflammation and swelling.
A new study (Arthritis & Rheumatology, 2014) has discovered that one third of knee replacement procedures should not have been carried out. In addition, the need for the surgery was inconclusive in a further 22 per cent of cases, which suggests that all total knee replacement procedures are dubious.
I had a look at Mr. Peterson’s knee. There was considerable swelling and immobility.
I decided to treat him with auricular acupuncture, where tiny needles are inserted at certain acupuncture points into each ear. After examining his outer ears, where the knee area of the affected leg was clearly showing, I determined the acute ear point relating to the joint inflammation and put an extra needle right into that point as well.
He felt very calm and relaxed after the treatment. Getting up from the chair felt already less painful to him. He was surprised when he could put weight on his leg again and slowly and carefully walk out of the clinic.
I informed him that a number of treatments are recommended to ease discomfort and to restore full mobility and to achieve long-lasting arthritis relief. I know from my professional experience, that arthritic knees are an easily rehabilitated pain condition.
At his next treatment he told me that he needed much less painkillers and was able to sleep through most nights without being woken up by the pain. The swelling of his knee had gone down. Sitting down and getting up from the chair was considerably less painful.
Mr. Peterson needed a few treatments and recovered full mobility of his knee. He could stop taking pain relieve. Needless to say, he did not need knee surgery or knee replacement.