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Revolutionizing Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment: An Insight into Periosteal Electric Dry Needling

Don’t Let Knee Pain Rule Your Morning

Does your day begin with a battle against stiff, achy knees? If so, you’re part of an ever-growing club. Since the mid-1900s, we’ve seen knee arthritis cases double in prevalence. But, fear not! There’s a light at the end of the creaky tunnel, and it’s all thanks to science. Picture this: greeting the morning without stiffness, without aches, and without the dread of that first painful step. Not a fantasy, but a future we’re making possible!

Needling Out the Pain: The Power of Dry Needling Therapy

Dry needling is the new rockstar in the fight against knee OA. Recognized by scientists worldwide, this therapy is your best defense against the notorious trio: pain, stiffness, and disability. Sure, dry needling on its own already throws a pretty solid punch at knee arthritis symptoms. But what if we could turn it up a notch.

The Spark that Changes the Game: Electrical Stimulation

In the battle of therapies, we’ve discovered that adding a little electricity can turn a strong ally into a champion. Electrical stimulation combined with dry needling has proved to outdo its manual counterpart in knocking out pain and ramping up function for those wrestling with knee arthritis. When we put electric dry needling in the ring with treatments like medication and traditional care, there’s a clear victor in reducing pain and restoring function – electric dry needling!

Going Deeper: Periosteal Needling

Here’s where things get interesting – the depth of needle insertion can make a world of difference in knee OA treatment. Studies reveal that placing the needle close to, or tapping it repeatedly onto the bone (a technique known as periosteal needling), brings significant relief from pain and disability. It’s all about targeting the periosteum, a nerve-rich area surrounding your bone, often ignited with electric stimulation.

Behind the Magic: The Science of Electric Dry Needling

You may wonder, “What’s the secret that makes this treatment work?” The fascinating science behind it is this: electroacupuncture could potentially facilitate cartilage repair, a breakthrough for those battling knee arthritis. Furthermore, regular sessions of periosteal electric stimulation, for 4-6 weeks then followed by booster sessions, are proven to reduce pain, stiffness, and functional hindrances significantly in patients with severe knee arthritis.

The Inner Workings of Periosteal Electric Dry Needling

Here’s where it gets even more captivating. Periosteal stimulation with needles not only halts peripheral pain processing but also sparks local vasodilation and alters vascular sympathetics. In layman’s terms? This fancy needle work does more than just block pain – it increases blood flow to the affected area, facilitating healing. As the needle hits the periosteum, it sets off a feedback loop, reducing inflammation of the nerve-rich periosteum and leading to a series of biochemical reactions. The result? Enhanced blood flow to degenerative joints, ensuring more natural pain relief delivery and a decrease in inflammation.

Sweetening the Deal: The Potential Benefits of Dry Needling

Added bonus? Dry needling may also stimulate an increase in hyaluronic acid, which helps lubricate the joint more effectively. The close contact of the needle with the periosteum offers specific benefits to joint osteoarthritis sufferers, reducing inflammation and stalling the degenerative processes.

Rounding It Up: A Comprehensive Approach

When tackling knee OA, our game plan must include the most potent strategies. This means maximizing the physiological effects of dry needling – a skill Dr. B is well versed in. At Alpha Osteopractic, we don’t just stop at needling. Our arsenal includes manual techniques, mobilization/manipulation, cupping, scrapping (IASTM), body tempering, blood flow restriction training, and precision exercise and activity prescriptions to optimize your recovery and health.

Let’s Transform Your Mornings and Your Life

It’s time to say goodbye to creaky, stiff, painful knees, and hello to smooth, pain-free movement. Ready to turn the tables on knee pain?

Start your journey to a pain-free life. Book a free 15-minute consultation with Dr. B now!
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Dr. Brittany A. Forbes, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT
We help athletes and active adults eliminate pain, optimize wellness, and achieve new heights without medications, injections or surgery.
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