Acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis


The Knee osteoarthritis mainly caused in advanced stages pain. Among other conservative or surgical therapeutic approaches for knee osteoarthritis Acupuncture is of considerable importance, especially in the case of pain caused by knee osteoarthritis.

The acupuncture becomes here for Chronic pain treatmentcaused by osteoarthritis of the knee in one or both Joints caused and at least exist for over half a year, successfully used. The Health insurance companies even cover a treatment cycle of 10 sessions within 12 weeks once a year.

The reduction in pain was in Studies show.
It has been described that 70% of patients with knee osteoarthritis have one significant pain relief after acupuncture report, also in the In the acute phase, pain is reduced in 80%. So it can be said that acupuncture can be a successful measure for the treatment of chronic pain in knee osteoarthritis.

However, treatment should be carried out by a doctor who has a Training in acupuncture completed and Knowledge of pain therapy and psychosomatics Has. This will bring the best results and only then will the sessions of one GKV paid. Whether and how a private health insurance company can cover the costs varies from tariff to tariff be.

Evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture in knee osteoarthritis

Acupuncture helps with many diseases that are associated with chronic pain, including knee osteoarthritis.
This fact has meanwhile been proven by several studies. These studies all proceeded in a similar manner.

Patients with symptoms of knee osteoarthritis were divided into three groups:

  1. one group received standard therapy including medication and physiotherapy,
  2. one group was treated with "correct" acupuncture,
  3. the last group received what appeared to be acupuncture therapy, in which the needles were only superficially inserted into the skin and no attention was paid to the correct placement at certain acupuncture points.
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The knee joint is one of the joints with the greatest stress.

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Which therapy achieves the best results in the long term can only be determined after looking at all of the information (Examination, X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, etc.) be assessed.

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The patients were then asked at regular intervals for their Pain, the Stiffness of Joint and Malfunctions to be assessed using a point scale. It turned out that those who were treated with acupuncture, after the latest 6 to 8 weeks had significantly less pain.
The acupuncture therapy method was actually more effective than that Standard therapy for knee osteoarthritis.

Apart from the faster pain relief and better joint function, this alternative therapy offers another important advantage:
Sufferers can get the money and especially the side effects for a long term Treatment with pain medication save up.
However, one should note that the effect of acupuncture does not last forever and that it therefore has to be repeated after about half a year, otherwise the pain will come back. For these reasons, acupuncture treatment is being covered by more and more health insurance companies.
However, this only applies if patients first have a prescription from a doctor and, secondly, go to a resident doctor for therapy who has additional training in the relevant area.

Why acupuncture works for chronic pain is not yet fully understood. It is believed that the body releases endorphins (known as "happiness hormones") in response to the needle pricks. This leads to a reduced feeling of pain. In addition, serotonin is released, a transmitter of the central nervous system, which also plays a role in the transmission of pain.

Acupuncture coverage

Statutory health insurance will pay the costs

One suffers from Knee osteoarthritis is the treatment means acupuncture one of the measures to get chronic pain under control. In In many cases, the statutory health insurance (GKV) takes over this therapy of knee osteoarthritis.

In contrast to many other areas, the GKV has for certain indications Acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis was added to their catalog. are chronic painthat often caused by knee osteoarthritis become, in at least one knee joint exists, the GKV pays, among other things, the treatment with acupuncture. In addition to chronic pain, other criteria must also be met.

So must the treating person must be a licensed doctor and a high quality, secure training and further education in the field of acupuncture exhibit. In addition, appropriate Skills in the sub-areas of pain medicine and psychosomatics be detected. Treatments of knee osteoarthritis with acupuncture, which are carried out by alternative practitioners, are therefore not covered by the statutory health insurance. The service paid by the GKV contains 10 sessionswho have iwithin 6, sometimes even 12 weeks must take place and approved only once a year become. This treatment for knee osteoarthritis should be discussed with the statutory health insurance.

The decision of the GKV is based on the fact that - besides the lower back - the knee is the only one scientifically proven effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic pain was found.

Private health insurance will cover the costs

With private health insurance you should find out in advance whether the costs for acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis will be covered.

A private health insurance (PKV) pays one acupuncture at Knee osteoarthritis also in certain cases. When taking out insurance, you should not only pay attention to whether the costs of acupuncture will be covered, but also for which symptoms the private health insurance will cover the costs.

In contrast to the GKV, in which the indications for which the costs are covered are made clear, one has to look at the Look for a suitable tariff with the PKV yourself. Also the Type of practitionerwhether acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis by a Naturopath or a doctor will, can Influence on paying the costs through the PKV. For this, the areas of application for which the costs are covered are usually with private health insurance much wider than with the GKV. Overall, you should find out in advance whether and to what extent the present insurance tariff covers acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis. Information on this can be found for every PKV on the Internet or through the respective consultant.