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3 Common Causes of Knee Pain

And Acupuncture Solutions for Athletes

Knee pain is a substantial concern, primarily because our knees are crucial for activities like walking, cycling, hiking, and virtually everything else we do. It’s not so much a concern for young people, unless they have existing knee issues or they’re an athlete. For athletes grappling with this issue, there are several remedies to explore for relief. Among these solutions, acupuncture is distinctive, and personally, I find it to be the most effective. In the following discussion, we’ll delve into three top sources of knee pain and how I can assist you at Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center. Additionally, we’ll touch upon a handful of alternatives to acupuncture.

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Causes of Knee Pain

Knee pain is a complex issue with numerous underlying causes. In this section, we’ll take a closer look at some of the key contributing factors. Specifically, we’ll go through arthritis, tendonitis, and the ever-bothersome issue of runner’s knee. However, it’s crucial to understand that knee pain can originate from a wide range of sources beyond these mentioned. 

Regardless of the specific trigger for your knee discomfort, I want to assure you that I am here to help you. I regularly work with individuals from various walks of life, of various ages, each dealing with their own unique sources of pain.

Overuse and Tendonitis

Tendonitis Injuries resulting from overuse and tendonitis present a substantial challenge because of their persistent nature and the pain they cause. Persistent pain like this is one of the leading reasons people seek treatment at Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center. And I’m not just talking about knee pain, I’m talking about all kinds of pain. They come in hoping for a miracle, but all they really need is a practitioner who listens to their concerns and knows how to use acupuncture effectively. 

By the time a person is a few sessions into their treatment, their satisfaction is palpable. To me, this speaks to the idea that acupuncture truly helps with this type of pain in ways that other treatments can’t. 


Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that affects the knee and causes the gradual deterioration of the protective cartilage within the knee joint. Over time, this degenerative condition can result in discomfort, stiffness, and reduced mobility. If you’ve ever known someone with this condition, you’re likely aware of the challenges it poses – walking becomes difficult, and even sitting can be uncomfortable. Unfortunately, it tends to worsen as time goes on. It doesn’t begin completely unbearable but it gets that way over time. While often linked to aging, other things can contribute to its development including overuse or past injury.

Acupuncture can help with this type of pain. Acupuncture will enhance circulation and activate the body’s innate healing mechanisms – and that’s why it’s so effective. With consistent sessions at Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center you’ll start feeling better in no time. My approach to acupuncture is more than just symptom management. Instead, I facilitate a process that guides your body towards independent, autonomous, natural healing and relief from pain. When it comes to osteoarthritis, this is the best approach.

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Runner’s Knee  

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, commonly referred to as “runner’s knee,” manifests as discomfort around or beneath the kneecap. It happens when there’s an imbalance in muscle strength, suboptimal biomechanics, or incorrect training techniques. Athletes who frequently engage in knee bending-activities, like running, lunging and squatting, face heightened vulnerability. Nevertheless, you don’t have to be a seasoned athlete to be affected by runner’s knee. The syndrome can strike anyone who engages in repetitive actions. For instance, spending the day frequently rising from a desk chair might make you susceptible. In fact, office workers sometimes develop especially painful forms of this condition. 

At Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center, I provide a customized approach to managing patellofemoral pain syndrome. I’ll identify the reasons it’s happening and curate a personalized treatment regimen for you that involves acupuncture and other modalities. My strategy not only targets knee pain but also addresses the underlying factors that contribute to your runner’s knee. Through acupuncture, I can effectively relax your tense muscles, alleviate tension, and enhance your overall muscle coordination.

Easing Knee Pain

3 Solutions Other Than Acupuncture 

Below are three ways to deal with knee pain other than acupuncture. As I said above, acupuncture is the best way in my opinion, but these ways may also help. In our acupuncture sessions I use other modalities as well like hand work or at-home exercises. In other words, an effective approach is to use a few different techniques that specifically work for you. 


I don’t like to bring up medication unless it’s natural, herbal medication, but here we go. You might consider using over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. For example, ibuprofen is effective at pain relief. You might even decide to get a prescription from a doctor. But, medication is only a band-aid. Medication doesn’t get to the root causes of the problem. Your knee pain will never be solved completely with medicine. That’s why acupuncture is the best alternative. 

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Braces and Orthotics 

If you’re looking at alternatives, knee braces, knee sleeves, and/or other orthotic devices could be worth considering. They may actually provide you with quite a bit of support and help your knee joint align correctly. This may help reduce stress on your knee and the pain that follows. These devices work by distributing pressure more evenly across your knee, giving you stability and alleviating discomfort. As part of your treatment plan and acupuncture sessions, it may be suggested that you wear a knee sleeve or other device. 


Modification is another possibility. You might have already modified your activities and are still experiencing discomfort. In that case, pass this paragraph up entirely. I’ve found that sometimes, certain movements aggravate knee pain. By making adjustments to your activities, like doing low-impact exercises or avoiding repetitive motions that put strain on the knee, you might find relief. Modification allows your knee to heal while you’re still staying active. It’s all about being easier and more gentle on the joint.

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How Can Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center Help?

Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center gives you world class diagnosis coupled with acupuncture plus cutting-edge hands on treatment to quickly ease your pain. Once your pain levels are down I will guide you through a graduated movement strategy so you don’t have to keep coming back for the same issues. At Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center, I will piece the parts of your story together using our unique assessment that looks at your body as one. Here is how I do it.

  • Discussion: I will investigate the cause of your problem and explain it in simple terms.
  • Assessment: This will reveal the underlying dysfunction(s) and show why you are suffering from your pain.
  • Treatment: I will ease your symptoms quickly using acupuncture and other hands-on techniques that quickly relieve your pain and improve function.
  • Rehab: I will give you simple movements that you easily can fit into your busy day to improve recovery and give lasting relief. Your graduated movement strategy and pain treatments continue as needed to help you build your confidence in your body again so you can quickly get back to thoughtless, fearless, movement. Through this phase of treatment, I can add to the rehabilitation by focusing on specific things like working on speed, agility, flexibility, or strength.
  • Freedom: I plan to make you so happy that you’ll actively tell your friends and family about us. You see, I have built our clinic on word of mouth referrals and I expect my clients to be so happy with the results that they tell their friends and family about me, so they too can get the help they need.