One is the joint pain coming from the injury in the joint.
This is the case that acute joint pain becomes chronic joint pain. For example, after you sprained your ankle, pain in the ankle continues for more than a month though the pain goes up and down.
Another is the joint pain gradually appearing without a specific injury in the joint.
For example, the elbow has been painful even if you didn’t fall down or hit your elbow, or you didn’t play tennis or golf right before the pain started.
Both types of chronic joint pain cause or are caused by blockage of energy flow in your body.
The blockage of energy flow appears as a form of pressure-pain or tightness in the other part of the body and the joint itself.
For example, when you have chronic knee pain, in most cases, there are pressure-pain or tightness in your low back and buttocks. In my practice, knee pain is sometimes improved by only releasing these pressure-pain or tightness without treating the knee itself because the knee pain is considered as caused by tightness of low back or hip joint.
However, in the case of the joint pain coming from the injury in the joint, the joint is often necessary to be treated directly because this type of chronic joint pain often has the blockage of energy in the injured joint.
Let me give you another example. In the case of elbow pain, treating pressure-pain or tightness between shoulder blades often improves elbow pain. That means tightness of the neck and shoulders causes the elbow pain and removing the blockage of energy flow appearing in this area leads to the healing of the elbow pain.
In my acupuncture practice, I usually release the pressure-pain connected to the joint pain within the treatment. In the above elbow pain’s example, tender points between shoulder blades and around elbow disappear after the treatment. So surprisingly you should not feel tender on the points where were tender or painful before the treatment when I press the points again. I think this kind of instant result or phenomenon doesn’t happen other than acupuncture.
I don’t say your joint pain will be fixed by one treatment, but I think you will feel improvement after every treatment.