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I have no experience with acupuncture.  I have arthritis in my knees.  Walking, sitting is not a problem but when I bend over to pick something up or even tie my shoes it hurts.  Cannot take noninflammatory drugs.  Would acupuncture help with something like this?

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Dear Ron -

I am so sorry that you are having arthritic pain in your knees.  It is so important that we keep active and walking for overall health.

The very short answer to your question, "Would acupuncture help with something like this?" is a definite "Yes!."

Acupuncture alone cannot "cure" arthritic joints, but it can help reduce inflammation and pain, thereby allowing your body to do as much healing as possible.

I treat many people - from professional athletes to seniors in their 90s - for knee pain.  Most receive relief from pain and inflammation, although to varying degrees.

My advice would be to give acupuncture a try.  If after three treatments you are not feeling an improvement of some kind, then either acupuncture is not going to work in your condition or the practitioner needs to refocus their therapeutic methods.

I wish you success and freedom from all pain and limitation - - -

Mike Zanoni
Hawaii

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Michael M. Zanoni, MS, LAc

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I am knowledgeable about severe and chronic pain from musculoskeletal or neurological conditions, especially trauma, headache, and fibromyalgia. I can provide guidance that will assist healing and recovery after illness or surgery. I have a particular interest in long-term chronic conditions that are becoming progressively worse or intermittently severe (such as viral hepatitis, Crohn's, or Takayasu syndrome.) I have extensive experience treating endocrine disorders, such as diabetes or thyroid problems, where the primary condition is being monitored by a Western-trained physician, and cancer where there are specific treatment goals other than cure (e.g., decrease of pain; reduction of side effects of radiation and chemotherapy; lessening of edema; palliative treatment of associated conditions.) I do not treat or answer questions about infertility, ALS, or senile dementia.

Experience

I have practiced Oriental medicine for over sixteen years in a variety of settings. Much of my practice has centered around a busy clinic specializing in severe long-term chronic pain conditions and palliative care. For several years I worked in a hospice program. I also established a non-profit community clinic providing care to under-served and homeless patients. My work has found me in an HIV clinic in San Francisco, a busy private practice in Oregon, to traveling on muddy 4-wheel drive roads to see dying patients. I now teach acupuncture and Oriental medicine at a school in Hawaii.

Education/Credentials
My training was at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco where I received a masterís degree in Chinese Medicine. I have current board certifications in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbology from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I also have certifications in Chinese tui na bodywork, Physical Rehabilitation Training, and biofeedback. I am licensed to practice acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. I also have BA, MS, and PhD degrees in subjects not directly related to Oriental medicine.

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