Genicular Nerve Block For Knee Pain
Chronic knee pain can take a toll on your daily life. It keeps you from your favorite activities, saps you of your productivity, and diminishes your overall quality of life.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic knee pain. This happens when the normal wear-and-tear of aging weakens the protective cartilage surrounding your knee. Osteoarthritis is degenerative, which means that without treatment, the pain grows worse over time.
What is a Genicular Nerve Block?
A genicular nerve block is designed to diagnose and treat chronic knee pain. Typically, a genicular nerve block is an injection containing both a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid.
The injection is administered into one or more genicular nerves of the knee. There are three main branches of genicular nerves, called the superior medial, superior lateral, and interior medical. The genicular block injection bathes these nerve branches in medication, which interrupts the pain signals on their way to your brain.
What Happens During a Genicular Nerve Block Procedure?
We can perform a genicular nerve block right here in our office, as an outpatient procedure. The injection itself should take only 15-20 minutes. You can leave after your procedure, but if you’ve had IV sedation, you should make arrangements for someone to drive you home.
At your appointment, your doctor will cleanse and numb the injection site. Next, he will administer the injection under fluoroscopic guidance. This is a type of imaging technology that helps the doctor to accurately place the needle tip using X-ray and a high-contrast dye.
How Long Does a Genicular Nerve Block Last?
After your injection, you will feel immediate relief, lasting 8-24 hours. The temporary effects are intentional. Genicular nerve blocks are often used to test the effectiveness of a more intensive treatment, called genicular rhizotomy, also known as radiofrequency ablation (RFA).
A radiofrequency ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure that can provide pain relief lasting from six months to a year.
What Conditions Does a Genicular Nerve Block Treat?
Genicular nerve blocks can help diagnose and provide relief from the following conditions:
- Knee arthritis and severe osteoarthritis
- Failed total or partial knee replacement surgery
- Degenerative joint disease
- Chronic knee pain in patients who can’t have surgery
Treat Knee Arthritis with Genicular Nerve Block at Nuvo Spine
At Nuvo Spine, we understand how debilitating it can be to live with chronic knee pain. Our team is dedicated to finding the most advanced, minimally-invasive, and nonsurgical procedures to help you manage your chronic pain.
Our award-winning physician is board-certified, and highly skilled in diagnosing and treating pain caused by degenerative joint conditions. We offer comprehensive, compassionate care to put you on the road to recovery. Call our offices to schedule your consultation today.