by William K. Wan, LAc., Dipl.O.M., MS
If you have experienced any joint pain, you are not alone. In the 2006 National Health Interview Survey, approximately 30% of adults reported experiencing some type of joint pain during the preceding 30 days. Knee pain was reported by 18% of respondents.
Pain is a warning signal, an alarm that goes off when your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong and out of balance. Often, people suffering from knee pain try to cover it up, either by ignoring the pain or taking medication. However, treated in this way, the source of the pain will never completely go away. Unless the cause of the pain is treated, your body will keep sounding the alarm and reminding you that something is wrong. The pain may get worse or become chronic (ongoing problem).
The causes of knee pain are often multi-factorial dependent on the type of sports activity. In my experience, knee pain is the result of many sports involving forceful knee extension, such as intense deceleration activities like repeated jumping and landing and downhill running. The cause is usually repetitive stress, resulting in inflammation and irritation of surrounding knee tendons and ligaments. This constant state of inflammation leads to imbalance in the nervous system, immune system, and cardiovascular system.
How does inflammation even start? First, any excessive pronation and other lower extremity biomechanical imbalances may be contributing factors to inflammation. In essence, there is a delicate “balance of power” between medial and lateral forces of the knee. Repetitive forces generated to one side create tension patterns that make the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue more prone to inflammation and eventual weakness if left imbalanced.
Acupuncture Sports Medicine is a time-tested, safe, effective, natural and drug-free way to eliminate pain. Unlike other methods for handling pain, there are no side effects. It is effective because it treats and eliminates pain due to a wide range of causes. This effective form of health care can reduce swelling, improve micro-circulation and range of motion, strengthen your knee, speed recovery time and address any underlying problem that could contribute to a future knee injury.
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William K. Wan is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR. His training is in Classical Chinese Medicine where the depth of Sports Medicine and Pain Syndromes are rooted in theory and texts that are thousands of years old. He has integrated a Western and Eastern Medicine approach to healing.
William completed in-depth studies with experts in Neuroanatomy, Acupuncture Sports Medicine specifically treating Olympic and Professional Athletes, and Medical Qigong masters from China.