Is acupuncture any good for neck arthritis


  • Keiri
    Keiri Member Posts: 6

    Hi Saxophone, I went through 5 sets of acupuncture. The needles when they went in was painless. I felt good for a couple of days. Was great not feeling the pain, for me it didn't last long enough. Although it can help others.

    Hope you try it, and get a bit of pain relief.



  • Chestnut
    Chestnut Member Posts: 2

    Me too had acupuncture for my right knee osteoarthritis. Felt great immediately after and maybe 3 days later. Pain came back 😧

    Has anyone had a steroid injection in the knee ?

    regards Rosemary

  • anneb82
    anneb82 Administrator Posts: 296

    Hello @Chestnut

    Welcome to the online community and thank you for joining us.

    So you have osteoarthritis in your right knee and are wondering if anyone has has a steroid injection in their knee before.

    First of all, thank you so much for already taking part in the community by answering someone else's question, that's just the kind of thing we like to see - all of us supporting each other.

    With regards to steroid injections into joints, I myself have had this done. I found it quite uncomfortable but effective. Im sure the other members of the community will be able to give you their experiences too but please bare in mind that it is different for us all.

    Ive attached some information for you below that I think you will find useful so please do have a read when you have the time.

    Please do continue to keep getting involved in the community. We are always looking to make new friends and please do let us know how you are getting on.

    Take care

    Anne (Moderator)

  • Dervish01
    Dervish01 Member Posts: 2

    Yeah acupuncture works but unfortunately the effects don’t last for long and are expensive. I was lucky enough to be friends with the acupuncturist so got it cheap.

  • Poppyjane
    Poppyjane Moderator Posts: 417

    Welcome @Dervish01 to the online community,

    It is great to see your first post in support of other members. You don't say how you are affected by arthritis and what lead to your decision to try acupuncture. I hope you will feel able to share your experience with us soon Meanwhile I attach a link to acupuncture for information

    There are loads of discussions and activities on the community, do join in with us again , we look forward to hearing from you.

    Take care


  • jamieA
    jamieA Member Posts: 305

    Hi @Chestnut

    I had 4 steroid injections in my left knee between September 2020 - March 2021. They were done by different rheumatologists and each had their own way of doing the injection. I had 2 without local anaesthetic, 1 with anaesthetic beforehand and one where the rheumatologist did half anaesthetic, then steroid, then other half anaesthetic without removing the needle. Each time I got about 4 weeks of pain relief from the injection.

  • crinkly
    crinkly Member Posts: 106

    I've had both acupuncture and steroid injections in the past.

    I found acupuncture really effective in reducing muscle tension around OA joints and thus reducing pain, although for very short periods of time. I would definitely have it regularly if I could afford it from a proven specialist.

    Steroid injections into alternate knees, several years ago, were very helpful for up to three months each time but were stopped when I reached the recommended maximum. They can be quite painful and I wasn't offered anaesthesia but the pain of injecting didn't last long.

    Similar injections into a shoulder had no effect, even when guided by ultrasound, so it seems to be something of a lottery as to whether they will work and for how long.

    Knowing the potential for damage from long term use I haven't asked for more steroid injections - and my local NHS hospital no longer offers them for knee OA - but I feel they are probably worth trying as a possible short term pain reliever given the opportunity. Expectations that they will work for you need to be realistic though.

  • MillieMc
    MillieMc Member Posts: 7
    edited 1. Sep 2022, 06:00


    I also found relief from acupuncture treatments. My physio centre helps me to try this method. I was suffering from chronic muscle pain and taking pregabalin tablets. Practicing acupuncture therapy is a good option for easing muscle pain. As you mentioned walking is a good exercise for reducing knee pain if you can better practice cycling. Hope you don't have any damage to your knee.

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