Will Acupuncture Relieve My Osteoarthritis Pain?
On joining the study, people's pain and knee function were assessed using standard arthritis research survey instruments and measurement tools. Progress was assessed at 4, 8, 14, and 26 weeks. By week 8, participants receiving acupuncture were showing a significant increase in function; and by week 14 they were showing a significant decrease in pain, compared with those in the sham and control groups. These results held through week 26. Overall, those who received acupuncture had a 40 percent decrease in pain and a nearly 40 percent improvement in function, compared to baseline assessments.