Over 700,000 Americans have knee replacement surgery every year. And countless folks go under the knife for a variety of other knee operations.
If you’re facing knee surgery in your own future, you might want to make some arrangements to have another “procedure” done on your EARS at the same time.
Because as bizarre as it sounds, new research reveals a unique form of ear acupuncture could considerably ease your post-surgical knee pain.
The effects are so powerful they could even slash your need for prescription opioid painkillers during your post-op period. In fact, it may even help you avoid those dangerous drugs altogether, according to the new study.
Most knee replacement patients need opioids
Total knee replacement is quickly becoming one of the most common elective procedures in the nation. These operations are done close to 2,000 times a day… or 720,000 times a year.
That number is expected to top 1.2 million per year by the end of the decade. That works out to a staggering two knee replacements per minute, every minute, of every day of the year.
So you can see why surgeons are so fond of them. After all, each operation typically rakes in somewhere between $30,000-$50,000 each. Making them not only among the most common procedures but also among the most profitable.
I’ll explain why that’s important in just a moment. First, let’s turn our eyes… or, in this case, our ears… toward this new study.
Knee operations can be quite painful since it’s a joint you use all the time. Often knee replacement patients end up on opioids during the recovery period. Sometimes, a LOT of opioids.
Just 9 percent of knee replacement patients manage to avoid these risky drugs or limit them to low and infrequent doses during that post-op period. But the new study finds a unique form of acupuncture could change those odds.
It’s called electroacupuncture. And unlike the traditional method, the needles have a very slight electrical charge. But don’t worry, they just tingle a bit.
Ease the pain without the drugs
In the new study, patients undergoing a knee replacement were given electroacupuncture during the operation itself. The needles are tiny, so they don’t get in the way.
The volunteers who got the acupuncture treatment did significantly better during their post-op period. In fact, they had so much less pain that 65 percent managed to limit their opioid usage to very low levels…15 pills or less over a month.
Some of the participants didn’t need to touch opioids at all. And within a month, not a single one of the patients who had electroacupuncture needed opioids anymore.
So if you need a knee replacement, you can talk to your surgeon about the option of having electroacupuncture as part of the procedure. But be prepared for some pushback because convincing mainstream doctors of the value of acupuncture is still sometimes an uphill battle.
Don’t despair if you’re unable to get permission to have the electroacupuncture used during the knee operation. Just go ahead and set up an appointment to have it done during your recovery instead.
Make sure your knee surgery is necessary
But before you go through with that knee replacement operation, you should do one more thing. And that’s make sure you actually NEED it.
Because, as I mentioned earlier, these operations have become a massive money-making venture generating billions every year. And a study a few years back found at least one in three of them is unnecessary.
Unfortunately, many doctors push knee replacements for profit. And patients who just want to get rid of the pain and be more mobile often end up agreeing and then being disappointed by the results.
So be sure to get a second opinion from someone who doesn’t stand to profit. And if you haven’t explored physical therapy yet, think about trying that step first.
But don’t stop there. If your knees are painful from arthritis, you might want to also consider natural UC-II collagen. UC-II may help halt further damage and ease the ache.
Some folks have also had remarkable results with eggshell membrane (NEM). And see my earlier report Soothe your “sneaky” knee and wipe out joint pain for one more effective way to put a pin in your knee pain.
Combining multiple pain-soothing solutions at once could help delay knee surgery or even ensure you avoid it altogether.
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