Acupuncture for Knee Pain Gainesville

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Knee pain can be debilitating and life-altering. If you are experiencing pain in your knee, you may be wondering if acupuncture is a viable treatment option so they can stop relying on painkillers or avoid risky and expensive surgery.  The purpose of this page is to answer that question. Keep reading to find out if – and how – acupuncture can help treat the pain in your knee in Gainesville, Florida. 

Will Acupuncture Help My Knee Pain? 

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine. The practitioner inserts thin needles into different points of the body to help relieve pain. 

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own healing process to reduce inflammation, increase circulation and release endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals. Many believe it is useful for healing nerves, tissues, and muscles. The goal of acupuncture is to restore health to the body, providing relief of disease and pain. 

Because of its healing effect, many have found relief from many different types of pain in the body, including knee pain. Patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, or even pain after surgery have all found relief through acupuncture. 

How Can Acupuncture Help Knee Pain After Surgery?

According to the Healthcare Medicine Institute, acupuncture can be an effective way of relieving pain following a surgery. Acupuncture works to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as improves range of motion. Patients can better participate in therapy, heal, and return to an active way of life. 

It is a wonderful alternative to opioids for pain management postoperatively. A study in JAMA Surgery found non-pharmaceutical interventions such as electrotherapy and acupuncture were associated with a reduced need for opioids after surgery. Alternative options are essential to explore to help reduce the risk of opioid dependence and misuse, which has become a United States healthcare epidemic. 

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Does Acupuncture Work For Osteoarthritis Knee Pain?

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of knee pain, but that does not dismiss the anguish it may cause. People who have osteoarthritis can find it challenging to do many tasks such as household chores, walking upstairs, and even getting out of bed. Pain can keep sufferers up at night and be extremely debilitating. 

In order to fight opioid dependence, doctors are beginning to move away from prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Acupuncture is one way to do this. Not only is it useful for treating chronic pain, including osteoarthritis, but it is cost-effective with little risk. 

Traditional Chinese medicine calls joint pain “Bi” Pain or Painful Obstruction Syndrome. Weather, emotion, and malnourishment can all disrupt the body’s energy called Qi. Eventually, it leads to inflammation and pain. 

Acupuncture can be useful in just a few treatments if arthritic symptoms are mild. Acupuncture helps restore “Qi” (energy flow) within the body. For more severe and progressive osteoarthritis, ongoing treatment may be necessary. 

Acupuncture works for arthritis because it produces an anti-inflammatory effect and balances Qi. It also helps release natural, pain-fighting endorphins in the body. Acupuncture also improves the range of motion in the knee so sufferers can participate in daily living tasks and promote ongoing mobility. 

Where Are Knee Pain Acupuncture Points?

Acupuncture points for knee pain are located on both legs in the same location. You will often need needles placed in the knee of the problem; however, the other may also be treated if there is pain or tension. 

There are eight useful acupuncture points for knee pain:

  • Calf’s Nose Point- Calf’s nose point is helpful for stiffness in the knee. The point is on the outside of the knee cap. The Guan Family uses a special point called Lower Calf’s Nose Point that is as effective as the commonly used point but safer as it completely eliminates the risk of the needle penetrating into the knee joint space and draining the joint fluid.
  • Three Mile Point- Three mile point is one of the most popular points for knee pain. It is about 3-4 centimeters below the knee cap, one centimeter from the shin bone.
  • Nourishing Valley Point- This point is located on the backside of the knee. It is found in the inner edge of the knee crease, in the hollow between tendons. 
  • Shady Side of Mountain- Shady side of mountain is on the inside of the knee below the kneecap. It is on the head of the shin bone, below the bulge.
  • Sunny Side of Mountain Point- This point is sufficient for upper knee pain. Many find it provides quick relief. Sunny side of mountain is below the kneecap on the front side of the shin bone. 
  • Commanding Activity Point- Commanding activity point helps heal stiffness in the knee. The point is found on the backside of the kneecap. You’ll find it in the crease where the knee bends. 
  • Commanding Middle Point- This point is helpful for sciatica and knee pain. It is in the crease behind the knee cap, in the knee joint’s crease.  
  • Crooked Spring Point- Crooked sprint point is terrific for knee swelling. It is found on the inside of the knee, at the end of the crease where the knee bends. 

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How Can Chinese Medicine Help With Knee Pain? 

Chinese herbal medicine is another non-narcotic way of treating knee pain. It involves the use of a customized selection of herbs to target patients’ pain and locations of inflammation. 

It is most important to consult with an experienced practitioner who can recommend the right formula specific to your needs. Practitioners make recommendations based on symptoms, not a western medical diagnosis. 

Herbal supplements, balms, or essential oils can all be useful remedies depending on the condition. The treatments can be helpful for knee pain conditions caused by both injury or disease. 

Chinese herbal medicine is safe when recommended by an experienced practitioner. Like traditional medications, side effects are possible, so it is essential to work with a skilled practitioner. It is also important herbs are supplied by vendors who are compliant with FDA guidelines. 

Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture: Acupuncture for Knee Pain in Gainesville

Dr. Weiwei Guan offers world-class acupuncture for knee pain in Gainesville. She is the fifth generation acupuncturist of the Guan Family whose practice started more than 130 years ago. Her techniques can help to ease knee pain and inflammation. You can find relief without the risk of side effects of drugs or surgery. 

Dr. Guan is also a Doctor of Physical Therapy who was trained at University of Florida and Shands Hospital.  Her unique expertise in physical therapy is ideal for patients with muscle weakness and imbalance associated with knee pain. A well-developed physical therapy program can help you to find strength and mobility. 

Our office can treat your knee pain with a combination of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and physical therapy. Contact us for more information and begin your journey to healing the pain in your knee in Gainesville, Florida. 

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Dr. Weiwei Guan
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Florida, 2011
Orthopedic PT residency, Shands OSMI, 2012
Fifth Generation of The Guan Family – China’s Top Acupuncture Specialists Family
Nationally Board Certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
Licensed Acupuncturist
Licensed Physical Therapist
Serving North-Central Florida since 2011

Time-Proven Effective Treatments Rooted in Five Generations

Dr. Weiwei Guan has been trained with the knowledge and experience obtained from treating hundreds of thousands of patients by five generations of Drs. Guan in more than 130 years. Their techniques are included in many textbooks and are highly effective in treating sciatica, especially the ones with numbness and tingling in their legs. About 7 out 10 sciatica patients have noticeable improvements in 5-6 sessions.

Better Results From Combined Physical Therapy and Acupuncture

If it is suitable to your condition, you will get the benefits of combination treatment from a leading expert in providing integrated solution to sciatica. While acupuncture is better at controlling inflammation and pain, stimulating the recovery of nerves, and treating non-musculoskeletal problems, physical therapy is better at improving strength, range of motion, endurance and coordination. 

Smooth Communication with Family physicians, Surgeons and Other Specialists

Dr. Weiwei Guan has worked at Shands Hospital for years after graduating from UF with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She “speaks the same language” as other health professionals so there is little chance of miscommunication. Patients and their healthcare provided can easily communicate with Dr. Guan as they would with any other providers in the Western medicine system, and not have to worry about culture barriers.

Highest Level of Patient Safety

Very few other acupuncturists, if any, has had the intensive anatomy training that our acupuncturist in Gainesville, Dr. Weiwei Guan, obtained through her education in the Western medicine system. She went through a total of 36 months of anatomy training in college, graduate school and residency, working on real cadavers, as part of her Doctor of Physical Therapy training. No acupuncture school in the whole world offers this type of training. She knows where to insert the needles and, more importantly, where not to, ensuring the safety of her patients. Each patient has their own treatment room that is equipped with the state of art air purifier that filters out droplets and uses UV to disinfect germs and virus.

Why are we different from all other PT clinics?

  • 100% One-on-One time with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. You will NEVER be passed to aides, students or assistants. You want an expert, you get an expert, not an assistant.
  • Personalized treatment plans. Since we do not use aides or assistants at our clinic, there is no cookie cutter programs for them to follow. We will tailor the plan of care to your specific needs and can adjust it at every session as needed.
  • FREE 20-minute Discovery Visit with Dr. Weiwei Guan, who is the leading expert in deciding if you could benefit from physical therapy, acupuncture, both, or neither.
  • Focus on hands-on treatments. You do not want to see a PT and just spend 30-40 minutes on exercises though you know they are important. We will ensure that you know how to do the appropriate exercise at home, while focusing on hands-on treatments.
  • Combined Physical Therapy and Acupuncture. If it is suitable to your condition, you will get the benefits of combination treatment from a leading expert in providing integrated solution to musculoskeletal problems.


Look what others say about the specialty treatments from Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture

Stephen Anton‎, Gainesville, FL
Suffered from Knee and Hip Pain

“I love the comprehensive approach that Dr. Guan takes to treating muscle and joint issues. I’ve never met someone who has her unique background with training and degrees in both acupuncture and physical therapy. Because of this, she is able to integrate acupuncture, as well as light and heat therapy, with more traditional physical therapy treatment approaches. Based on my experience during the past six weeks, this comprehensive treatment approach is truly effective and has helped me regain mobility in my knees and hips. As an added benefit, Dr. Guan has a great personality, which makes the whole experience fun as well.”

Pilar Doran, Gainesville, FL
Suffered from Neck and Shoulder Pain

“I’ve had a wonderful experience as a new patient of Dr. Guan’s. During my initial two sessions in her beautiful new facility, Dr. Guan has spent adequate time assessing and discussing my symptoms and developing a holistic treatment plan that combines her comprehensive expertise in the areas of physical therapy, acupuncture and herbal medicine. It’s impressive to get my first acupuncture treatments (which were not painful at all and very relaxing) from a 5th generation Chinese medicine expert – what a heritage!
Her practice is equipped with state of the art equipment that is used in her treatment approach, which has proven to be unique and highly effect. For my neck and upper back problems, the neck stretching machine is outstanding! Her treatments have made a huge difference! I highly recommend Dr. Guan!”

Gail Basker, Gainesville, FL
Suffered from Low Back and Hip Pain

“I couldn’t step up on a sidewalk without pain in my right hip. i went to the Orthopedics and I was told I had sciatic and should wear a back belt and take Aleve twice a day. Wei Wei was recommended by some friends and she said you have one leg longer than the other. She did some physical therapy and accupuncture. After 2 sessions the sharp pain was gone. She is very good.”

Sheila Inniss, Gainesville, FL
Suffered from knee pain and gastrointestinal reflux

“I recently had a total knee replacement and suffered with gastrointestinal reflux for many years. Under her care with both needles and herbs, I am happy to report that my reflux has disappeared, and I no longer take the herbs. Also, the needles were instrumental in relieving pains associated with arthritis and post knee surgery.

Dr Guan is very amiable but professional. I felt very comfortable in her presence and looked forward to our sessions, anticipating relief from my pains. I will continue to seek her help and have recommended her to several friends who now share my high opinion of her.”

Josephine Pelham, Treton, FL
Suffered From Shoulder Pain

“Dr. Guan is such a caring person and has helped relieve my severe shoulder pain. I had never tried acupuncture, but before undergoing surgery, thought I would give it a chance. It is not painful and she explains what she is doing and how it is helping. Highly recommend!”

Michele Thomas, Gainesville, FL
Suffered From Shoulder Pain

“I highly recommend Dr. Guan as a knowledgeable, skilled and caring doctor of Physical Therapy and Accupunture. Her one on one, hands on approach to patient care has greatly aided in the process of healing my shoulder. Our community is fortunate to have her practicing here.”

Where to get acupuncture for your knee pain in Gainesville, Fl?

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