What are the guideline recommendations on the use of acupuncture for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Oct 12, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Guidelines from different groups offer a range of recommendations regarding the use of acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis, as follows:

  • The ACR conditionally recommends traditional Chinese acupuncture for patients with chronic moderate-to-severe pain who would be candidates for total knee arthroplasty but who either do not want it or have contraindications to it. [129]
  • The OARSI suggests that acupuncture may yield symptomatic benefit in patients with knee osteoarthritis. [70]
  • The AAOS strongly recommends against the use of acupuncture for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. [138]

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