Anyone tried acupuncture?

Hi everyone :) I'm the 34 and was diagnosed with OA in my ankle last year after a bad fall when I was 19. I'm having steroid injections but the doctor doesn't want me to have them too often. The pain and limping is getting more frequent. Just been reading about acupuncture and wondered if this has helped anyone in a similar position to me? Any other suggestions will be gratefully received. Thank you!


  • N1gel
    N1gel Member Posts: 118

    This is something I've often considered.

  • Mike1
    Mike1 Member Posts: 1,992

    I have spent hundreds on a 3 month course of acupuncture for my OA and found it no use whatsoever, I kept going for the 3 months in the hope that it would have some sort of cumulative effect but to no avail. When I used to see a Chiropractor she would also do some acupuncture and that didn't work either. The Chiro did help for a few days but she said that I was so bad that I could do with it weekly but at £60 a time I could not afford it and in any event I cannot get to see her anyway and she has steps up to her clinic. I wouldn't want to put anyone off as it could well work for some people but I would caution spending too much on it.

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,619

    Broadly, I agree with Mike. I tried it twice in my earlier years. The first course I had really helped every week for about an hour(!) The second time was some years later. My first practitioner had retired and I could only find a swish, much more expensive clinic. It did nothing at all for me.

    For me, physio exercises have always been the best.

  • Airwave!
    Airwave! Member Posts: 2,424

    I have been treated by my GP, she was qualified in acupuncture, for quite a few sessions but to no avail, I didn’t feel I could judge until it became fairly obvious that there was no help.

    In my early years I tried reflexology (manual manipulation and pressure via vacuum boots) which had a big effect on me, I felt as though I had a large high pressure hose inserted at one end of my body and the hose turned on, I was washed out!

    its a grin, honest!

  • stellabean
    stellabean Member Posts: 307

    I had acupuncture from my GP ( he was trained ) but it made my neck worse and on 1 occasion he left a needle in my neck and another time he forgot I was there and I was locked into the building needled up and had to set the alarm off to get help...….Took my mind off the pain for a while. I have had some acupuncture from a sports injury physio along with massage and that has helped a bit for the neck problems I have but no effect on joints damaged by OA or RA. I do physio exercises and physio led pilates and find that helpful though I am a bit shattered at the moment so have reduced from 2 to 1 session a week.

  • Wow! I don't think you'll be going to that GP again! :) thank you for you response.

  • N1gel
    N1gel Member Posts: 118

    I think I had acupuncture from my GP - or perhaps he forgot his glasses when giving me some jabs 😂😂

  • Yes, I've had it and it does work, but like with everything one has to stay with it....

    I even taught myself how to do it at home and don't do it's all on the net and "how to"....

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