Perhaps you have a parent, relative or friend who has undergone surgery for knee osteoarthritis (OA) or is thinking about it? Perhaps you yourself have considered it. While knee surgery can be necessary for certain conditions such as serious tears to the ligaments, it is well established that it is not useful in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis and may cause more harm than good.
This is despite the fact that 30,000 - 40,000 arthroscopies (the surgical procedure deemed ineffective for OA of the knee) are performed in Australia each year. These surgical procedures represent a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering, wasted tax payers money and an affront to the practice of evidence based medicine and the Hippocratic Oath of 'first, do no harm'.
Meanwhile, acupuncture has been established as an effective management tool in the treatment of OA of the knee and this has been acknowledged by the mainstream medical community including the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). See the article for more info on this unnecessary surgical procedure.