When you have to deal with injuries and pains in joints next time, please keep in mind that acupuncture might be the most effective yet the least invasive approach when compared to surgeries. Injuries can result in joint degeneration over time in most cases. However, surgeries are more likely to bring on the arthritis even faster. So if you have to face a joint fusion or replacement, you may want to give acupuncture a chance as it may relieve a lot of pain, improve quality of life while slowing down the progression, and postponing the replacement.
Therefore, there is always room and time for needles before knives!
Frank He, L. Ac., QME, DAOM