Gold bead implantation against chronic pain

Leading experts since 1996 in treating back pain & arthritis with gold implants

Treatment of pain and sore joints with gold beads (gold implants)

Gold bead implantation (also called local gold therapy) is an effective treatment for recurrent and chronic muscle and joint pain, e,g, caused by arthritis. In our clinic in Denmark, we use this method to treat chronic back pain, low back pain, osteoarthritis of the knees and hips, and chronic neck pain as well as other pain conditions of the joints. You will find a complete list of which pain conditions we can treat with gold beads here. The effect of a gold bead implantation is lasting.

In our Clinic, we have been using gold bead implantation for chronic pain conditions since 1996. Hence, we’re the clinic with the most experience usind this method in Europe.

On this page, you’ll get more insight about the treatment, how the treatment works and what you can expect after a single treatment of gold implants around a sore joint.

You’ll also find examples of recommandations from our many happy gold patients who we have helped over time. See recommendations here.


I have no back pain anymore

Just a nice feedback…
The first few days after my gold treatment, I was a little tired – BUT on the 11th of December I just felt fantastic.

I haven’t had any back pain since the 11th of December and we just had a visit from our son and daughter-in-law and our lovely grandchildren for 10 days during Christmas. I’ve danced, jumped and played with my grandchildren – well, it’s just been great.

Kaj, 66 years old

Facts about chronic pain treatment with gold implants around sore joints

✓ Several scientific studies in both humans and animals prove that gold bead implantation can alleviate long-lasting and chronic joint pain (e.g. chronic back pain or knee pain).

✓ A treatment with gold implants around a joint can postpone the need for – or even eliminate the need for – surgery (e.g. total hip or knee replacement).

✓ One gold treatment around the diseased joint is usually enough to provide long-lasting pain relief.

✓ Lasting pain relief or no pain at all after a single treatment is achieved in 80-85% of our patients. Unlike many other chronic pain treatments, the pain-relieving effect of gold is usually long-lasting. This is confirmed though scientific experiments in both humans and animals.

✓ All joints can be treated.

✓ The need for painkillers after a gold treatment is reduced or eliminated.

✓ No need for hospitalisation after the treatment. You can go home right after your gold implantation.

✓ Gold implantation can be performed regardless of age and cardiovasculare disease.

✓ No side effects. Gold bead implants are a permanent form of acupuncture. The gold beads are very tiny, about the size of a pinhead or tip of a fine ball point pen. They are placed around the painful joint and provide a long-term stimulation of the points. Gold is a very stable material, so the gold pieces will not be absorbed or react negatively with the body. That’s why treatment with gold implants has no unfortunate side effects.

✓ No need for rehabilitation after the treatment.

✓ Daily activities can be resumed immediately after the implantation of the gold beads around the joint.

✓ We have patients who write to us every year around Christmas to let us know that they still have no pain even 15-20 years after their gold implant treatment.


I am SO happy that my pain is gone

Now, almost three months have passed since I got gold in my left knee on the 3nd of November.
I’m happy to tell you that the pain was pretty much gone immediately after my gold bead implantation. The pain briefly returned at the end of November but then the pain disappeared again.
I still get some swelling of my knee (less than before) when I walk far. But my knee doesn’t hurt anymore and the swelling goes away fairly quickly. I can fully stretch my knee, which I couldn’t do before.

I am SO happy that the pain is gone and to have my full mobility back and it seems like it is still getting a little better day by day👏🏻😊.


How did it all start? Gold implantation for chronic pain in joints in humans

Gold implantation was originally developed in the late 1970s by veterinarians and who still used the method today to treat joint pain in dogs and other pets in many animal hospitals in Europe and the US.

In 1996, doctor Hans Kryger Kjerkegaard, MD, was the first doctor to use the method to treat chronic pain in humans. Since then, doctor Hans Kryger Kjerkegaard has used gold implants to treat thousands of patients with arthritis and chronic pain. Doctor Ulrik Kjerkegaard, MD, (Hans Kjerkegaard’s son) is now responsible for several of the treatments in the clinic.

In the video below, from the early 2000s, some of our first patients tell about how their pain disappeared after treatment with gold bead implantation.

Play Video about Nakkesmerter | Effektiv guld behandling | Gold Implant

You can also hear Lillan’s story in the video below,“10 years of chronic back pain cured with gold implants!“:

Play Video

Who benefits from a gold treatment?

Treatment with gold implants can relieve most types of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Whether your chonic pain condition can be treated with implantation of gold beads is evaluated prior to your treatment by the specialists at the Gold Clinic. If you are in doubt if this treatment is for you, please contact the clinic for more info. You will find our contact informations here.


The pain in my knee is gone

Hi, My Miracle Doctor.
I had gold implants in my left knee on the 30th of November 2016. I was in terrible pain before my gold treatment. After just two weeks I experienced an improvement. My pain is now gone.

I tell it to anyone who cares to hear about it😊

Lene, 41 years old

How is the procedure carried out?

Gold bead implants are a permanent form of acupuncture implanting 24-karat gold beads around the joints due to degenerative joint disease. The gold beads are very tiny, about the size of a pinhead or tip of a fine ball point pen. They provide a long-term stimulation of the points. The small gold pieces are implanted around the sore joint using a thin syringe under local anaesthetic. This is a very gentle treatment compared to major hip or knee surgery, as an example, where the joint is opened up and replaced with a prosthesis.

Once the gold beads are implanted around the diseased joint, the gold pieces remain at that very place around the joint for the rest of the life providing long-term pain relief. The procedure is performed under sterile conditions.

Before the gold implantation, we perform a thorough clinical examination of the painful area to determine where the gold beads should be implanted. Pre-treatment X-rays or MRI images are used for guidance. Usually, there is no obstacle to performing the treatment.

Treatment does not require hospitalization. This means that you can go home immediately after your treatment. Examination and treatment take about an hour.

Relatives cannot attend during the procedure.

Pain conditions where implantation of gold beads may help

  1. Muscle and joint pain that has lasted for more than half a year.
  2. If you have tried other treatments without any or only short-term effect.
  3. If you have a daily or regular use of painkillers for months.
  4. If you want to avoid major surgery such as hip og knee replacement surgery.
  5. If you experience prolonged joint pain after surgery.
  6. If joint replacement surgery cannot be performed due to high age, cardiovasculare disease or other illnesses.

I can sleep again without pain

Thank you very much for a wonderful and pleasant experience I had with you last Thursday, when I had gold implanted in my back. Yesterday, for the first time in about 3 years, I was able to vacuum our entire 325m2 house without breaks, and without having to lie down for the rest of the day. My back got a little tired, but I didn’t have severe aggravated pain like I used to. For the first time in over a year and a half, I slept from 11pm to 7am without having to get up 3-4 times to take pills. Getting a good night’s sleep was just amazing.

Christina, 39 years old

What are the results after a gold implantation?

The vast majority of our patients experience significant pain relief after a single treatment where 24-karat gold beads are implanted around the painful joint. If full effect is not achieved after a single treatment, we might sometimes offer an additional treatment for further pain relief, but this is rarely necessary.

Those who experience pain relief after the gold treatment usually experience that the pain gradually disappears within 2-3 months after the treatment. The gold beads reduce inflammation around the joint and provide a long-term stimulation of the points. Others experience immediate pain relief right after the treatment.

In some cases, the patient does not have any pain at all after the treatment

The figure below shows how our patients are divided into three groups according to when the effect of the treatment kicks in:

  • 1 in 10 patients experience immedate pain relief within the first few days after the gold implantation.
  • 8 out of 10 patients experience pain relief or become pain-free within 2-6 months.
  • 1 in 10 of our patients become pain-free or have significantly less pain 6-12 months after the treatment.

Gold bead implantation has completely changed my life

“I had severe pain in my back – very severe pain. I had home care eight times a day. My pain was terrible and I had no quality of life,” says Lillian, who had surgery for a slipped disc in 2003.
The pain got worse a year and a half ago, when she was admitted to a local hospital in Denmark. “My aunt had a gold bead implantation a few years ago and recommended that I tried this treatment for my back pain. […]
Gold bead implantation has completely changed my life,” Lillian says today.

Listen to Lillian’s story in the video here.

Lillian, 52 years old

There are no risk of side effects when implanting 24-karat gold beads around a joint.

Gold implantation is a very gentle and safe treatment. Some will be a bit sore in the treated area for 5-10 days after the treatment.

✓ There are no side effects. We have never seen infection after treatment with gold beads.

What pain conditions can be treated with this method?

All types of joint pain and chronic musculoskeletal pain can be treated with gold implants.

At the Gold Clinic, we have extensive experience in treating a wide range of chronic pain conditions. The most common pain conditions that can be treated with gold implantation are listed below. The list is not exhaustive.

If your pain condition is not listed below, don’t worry. Contact the clinic to get more insight if implanting of gold beads can treat your chronic pain condition.

Chronic back pain and lower back pain

  • Osteoarthritis of the spine
  • Lumbar disc herniation with or without sciatic pain
  • Modic changes
  • Chronic back pain after failed back surgery
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Back pain due to compression fractures of the vertebras in the spine due to osteoporosis
  • Bechterew’s disease with affection of the spine
  • Scoliosis (sideways curve of the spine)
  • Back pain without known cause
  • Chronic back pain after injuries or fractures of the spine

Knee pain

Hip pain

Neck pain

Shoulder pain and numbness in arms and fingers

  • Shoulder pain
  • Sensory disturbances in the arms and out in the hands and fingers
  • Osteoarthritis of shoulder joint
  • Pain in elbow

Pain in hands, fingers and wrists

  • Osteoarthritis of the finger joints
  • Thumb arthritis and metacarpophalangeal joints
  • Arthritis of the hands
  • Osteoarthritis of the wrist


  • Tension headache
  • Migraine
  • Cluster headache (Horton’s headache)

Ankle pain

  • Osteoarthritis of the ankle
  • Chronic pain after fracture of the ankle

Pain in feet and toes

  • Osteoarthritis of the metatarsal joints
  • Osteoarthritis of the big toe
  • Arthritis of the feet

The pain is gone

After I had gold beads put in my knee, the pain is gone.

Listen to Irene’s story in the video here.

Irene, 69 years old

Treatment with gold beads for chronic pain relief is particularly suitable if...

  • If you have recurring or persistent pain
  • If you have already tried other treatments without significant effect or only short-term pain relief
  • If you have a daily consumption of painkillers
  • If you do not want a major operation (such as knee replacement surgery, hip replacement surgery or back surgery)
  • If you have persistent pain after joint replacement surgery or back surgery
  • If you cannot undergo major surgery due to high old age or cardiovasculare disease.

These situations are discussed below:

If you have recurring or persistent pain...?

Long-term pain lasting for more than half a year rarely goes away without proper treatment. Chronic pain due to osteoarthritis, herniated disc, Whiplash or other cause.

✓ We have patients who experience long-term pain relief for more than 15 years after a single implantation of gold beads around a sore joint or spine.


I've got my quality of life back after my treatment with gold beads.

It’s amazing. I just got back from vacation. Last year, I could barely walk a mile. This year I have walked far distances every single day. It’s almost too good to be true that I no longer have any pain.

Vita, 66 years old

If other treatments have failed to provide long-term pain relief...?

Usually pain subside on its own in some few weeks to a few months. This kind of pain is also easily treated by a therapist using either physiotherapy, exercise, chiropractic care, massage or acupuncture.
Significant pain relief should occur within 3-5 treatments with these therapies (or with 3 months of exercise therapy).

Unfortunately, in some cases the pain relief might be limited and the pain might persist and become chronic. The patient might experience only short-term pain relief or that the pain doesn’t go away at all despite many persistent attempts and treatments using either physiotherapy, exercise, chiropractic care, massage or acupuncture.

In these cases, the pain is more advanced, and might be caused by osteoarthritis or other joint disorders.

From a medical point of view, many patients with long-term or chronic joint pain or chronic back pain will benefit a lot if gold beads are implanted around the painful joint.

✓ Most patients with long-term pain that is not relieved by conventional therapies (such as physiotherapy or chiropractic care) can expect to achieve great improvement and long-lasting pain relief by implanting 24-karat gold beads around the painful joints.

If you have a daily consumption of painkillers...?

Most people with musculoskeletal pain or joint pain use over-the-counter painkillers from time to time. Painkillers might have some benefits in patients with chronic back pain, knee pain, hip pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc.

Medication might include paracetamol, NSAIDs, antiepileptic drugs, anticonvulsants, morphine and drugs with similar effects as morphine etc.

From a medical standpoint, prolonged use of painkillers is not sustainable in the long-term treatment of pain because:

  • Painkillers do not treat the cause of the pain condition whether it being osteoarthritis or an old injury as examples. The medicine only provides short-term pain relief.
  • Side effects are common. For example, NSAIDs can cause severe side effects such as acute kidney failure and stomach ulcers.

A research project carried out by doctor Hans Kryger Kjerkegaard, MD, on the consumption of painkillers before and after implanting gold beads close to the cervical spine in patients with chronic neck pain due to osteoarthritis showed that most patients can completely or partially stop taking painkillers after just one treatment due to the excellent pain relief of the gold beads.

✓ Many patients who are treated with gold implants around a painful joint can reduce consumption of painkillers after the implantation of gold beads.
✓ Many of our patients don’t take painkillers at all after a gold bead implantation.


I am deeply grateful

I had a lot of pain in my lower back and my pain had a negative effect on my quality of life. I had two treatments where gold beads were implanted in my back.

I have the best retirement job in the world, so I walk every day between 10 and 15 km. After my gold treatments, I never experience any back pain (only sore feet!). I sleep pretty well at night and feel just amazing thanks to the gold implants in my lower back.

I am deeply grateful for your efforts many years ago.

Many thanks, Susanne (now jumping around like a spring hare - or almost)

If you don't want to go through major surgery...?

In patients with long-lasting pain due to e.g. osteoarthritis in the hip, back, finger or knee, implantation of gold beads around the painful joint should be considered as first-line treatment before even considering surgery. Remember that major surgery, such as back surgery, knee or hip replacement surgery, cannot be undone and can make pain even worse. On the contrary, we have never seen pain getting worse after a gold bead implantation. In other words, gold treatment is a good alternative to knee replacement surgery or total hip replacement.

In many cases, the pain relief after a gold implantation is so good that the patient might not even need surgery.

In addition, there are many disadvantages of surgery that can be completely avoided by implanting gold beads around the sore joint instead.

✓ Gold treatment is recommended as a first-line treatment before even considering major surgery.
✓ In many cases, the pain-relief provided by the gold implants is so good that the patient might never need a replacement of the joint or other kind of surgery.

The advantages of gold bead implantation versus major surgery are many (read more below...)

To highlight just some of the benefits of gold implantation, we have compared the method with total hip replacement and knee surgery

Total hip replacement or knee replacement

  • The prosthesis typically lasts only 10-15 years. Thereafter, it has to be replaced.
  • 2-5 days of hospitalisation.
  • Several months to a year of rehabilitation.
  • Common risks are major bleeding, infection, nerve damage, blood clots (and rarely death).
  • It is always a risk that the surgery might even worsen the pain.
  • The prosthesis must be replaced in 15% due to complications.
  • Certain movements should be avoided after having a total hip replacement because the prosthesis may dislocate (which is very painful).
  • The prosthesis can be replaced but with a high risk of a poor result.

(Source: Danish Orthopaedic Society & Danish Society for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Surgery, reference programme 2016)

Gold bead implantation (gold treatment)

  • Long-term or lasting effect
  • No need for hospitalization after the procedure.
  • No need for rehabilitation.
  • Bleeding or infection is never seen. There is no risk of the pain getting worse after an implantation of small 24-karat gold beads around a joint.
  • No complications.
  • No side effects.
  • No restrictions in movement. You can do whatever you want after the treatment.
  • A gold implantation can easily be repeated, but it is rarely necessary.

It's great to be able to sleep again after years of pain

I am very happy and grateful because the pain in my neck and back is gone. I can sleep at night without feeling knives and stitches in my back. It’s great getting a good night’s sleep again after years of pain. It makes my zest for life return. Have been on horseback in the beautiful autumn. From the forest hilltop overlooking the lake, both Gilvi and I sent many grateful thoughts to you at the clinic.

Merete, 59 years old

If you have persistent pain from surgery...?

Chronic pain after surgery (e.g. replacement of the knee joint or total hip replacement) is well documented.

✓ In some cases, gold bead implantation can relieve pain that persists after such operations.

Examples of surgical procedures that might cause persisting chronic pain are:

  • Hip surgery:
    • The risk of chronic pain from hip replacement surgery is 27%, ranging from infrequent, mild pain to constant, severe pain.
    • Severe, chronic pain is seen in 6% of people after hip surgery.
  • Knee surgery:
    • The risk of chronic pain from replacement of the knee joint is 44%, ranging from infrequent, mild pain to constant, severe pain.
    • Severe, chronic pain occurs in 15% of patients after knee replacement surgery limiting daily activities.

  • Back surgery:
    • Chronic back pain is seen in 10-40% after surgery on the spine. This is also called failed back surgery syndrome.

Gold bead implantation can be done regardless of age and other diseases

One of the advantages of treating arthritic joint pain with gold beads compared to major surgery is that implanting tiny 24-karat gold beads is a very gentle procedure and neither requires hospitalisation nor general anaesthesia.

This means that the treatment can be performed regardless of age and cardiovaskulare disease (as an example, one of our recent patients were a 92-year old woman with severe pain in her knees due to osteoarthritis).

Gold bead implantation is therefore a great opportunity for those patients who cannot have major surgery, such as a total hip replacement, knee replacement surgery or back surgery due to other illnesses or high age.


It was for me truly a miracle

I got gold in my neck and lower back in 1998 and have been fine ever since. You gave me my old life back. That was truly a miracle for me. Now suddenly I could do everything again, where for years I had just had pain.

Anders, 77 years old

✓ Treatment with gold in the knee, hip or back is a gentle treatment that can be performed regardless of age, heart disease, lung disease or other illnesses.


It's a miracle

It’s amazing – mum has no pain in her knee since yesterday after she had gold in her knee. She’s been out for a walk on the road with a walker without any pain, which she hasn’t been able to do for a long time […] It’s a miracle.

Thank you so much – we are so happy.

Daughter of 92-year-old woman

Why does gold provide pain relief?

Gold works in two ways:

  1. Gold has pain-relieving effect in itself
  2. The tiny gold bead implants are a permanent form of acupuncture.

Gold has pain-relieving effect in itself

One of the things that seems to cause chronic pain is inflammation in and around the painful joint. E.g. osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. This causes a lot of inflammation in the joint. The inflammation is one of the reasons why a joint becomes sore, warm and swollen.

Inflammation in chronic pain is present in conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, herniated discs, Whiplash and other conditions as well.

The inflammation release a lot of substances locally around the joint, which cause pain.

The surrounding muscles also become sore and tense due to myoses (trigger points). In addition, the nerves in the painful area become hypersensitive to pain stimuli, making it easier to experience pain.

✓ The tiny 24-karat gold implants reduce inflammation and inhibit pain-stimulating substances, so joint pain and muscle tension disappear.

Gold has an anti-inflammatory effect. This means that it inhibits inflammation and fewer pain-stimulating substances are released locally around the joint. As the gold reduces inflammation, both swelling and pain in the joint decrease.
Muscle tension (trigger points) and musculoskeletal pain subside and the nervous system gets back to normal, so that you start to react normally to pain again.

Normal use of the joint and body is restored in most of our patients after implantation of gold beads around a sore joint or in the back.

Gold bead implants are a permanent form of acupuncture

Most forms of long-term musculoskeletal pain conditions involve the muscles. Muscles become sore and tense and physical activity can worsen the pain.

In some pain conditions, musculoskeletal pain is an accompanying phenomenon, such as in osteoarthritis, while in other conditions, musculoskeletal pain is one of the main causes such as in Whiplash (neck strain). Common to the various pain conditions is the development of sore points and myoses in the muscles.

When gold beads is implanted in the sore area, tenderness of the muscles disappears. Hence, muscle tension is reduced after the treatment with gold beads. This relieves or eliminates the muscle pain.

✓ The gold implants reduce paint from tender and sore muscles.

This is probably part of the reason why some of our patients feel significantly better just a few days after a gold implantation.


Completely pain-free after a gold bead implantation

Three months ago, my husband had a gold bead implantation in your clinic. Immediately after the treatment, his hip pain was gone and has been ever since. He is completely pain free today. We are incredibly grateful.

Wife of the patient

Before implantation of gold beads:

To be considered for a our chronic pain treatment with gold implants, please do as follows:

  1. Contact the clinic to make an appointment (you’ll find our contact informations here). You can also contact us if you need to know more about the treatment before you decide to book an appointment.
  2. We need to see X-ray or CT- /MRI scanning images of the painful joint or painful area prior to your gold bead implantation. Your X-ray or CT-/MRI scanning should not be older than 2 years.
  3. You can always contact the department where you have had the examination. They can send you the images or description of the X-ray or CT- /MRI scanning The department is obliged to send you the images.
  4. Please send us the X-ray images in advance of your consultation.
  5. If you are taking anticoagulants, you should pause the medication some few days prior to your gold treatment. Always make sure to consult with us regarding any medications that you might take prior to your gold treatment. Please let us know if you take any kind of medication when you book your appointment.
  6. Please bring a relative or friend to transport you home after your gold bead implantation. We advise you not to driving your car for some few hours after your treatment due to the local anaesthetic.

Please, let's talk.

Our specialists have used gold implants for pain relief of chronic pain since 1996. Hence, we’re the clinic with most experience treating long-term and chronic pain in humans with gold beads. Please, let’s get in touch if you want to know more about the treatment.

Hans Kjerkegaard

Doctor Hans Kjerkegaard

Læge Ulrik Kjerkegaard

Doctor Ulrik Kjerkegaard

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Most chronic pain conditions in humans can be treated by implanting tiny 24-karat gold beads. You can read more here about the most common pain conditions we treat in our clinic in Denmark.


With time, we have received a lot of positive feedback from our patients. Some of our patients have no pain after their treatment with gold beads. Hence, the treatment might reduce pain and improve quality of life.

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Hans Kjerkegaard

Hans Kryger Kjerkegaard

Doctor, MD,
Risskov (Aarhus), Denmark

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Doctor, MD,
Risskov (Aarhus), Denmark

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Hans Kryger Kjerkegaard

Doctor, MD,
Risskov (Århus), Denmark

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