Genicular Nerve Block and Chronic Knee Pain Overview
The knee is the largest and strongest joint in the body and is put through a large amount of stress each day. Almost every individual will experience knee pain during their life from sports, exercise and general wear and tear of the joint. Unfortunately, some individuals will experience chronic knee pain that hinders everyday activities. Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, specializes in pain management treatments, including treatments for chronic knee pain. Our pain physicians can help return patients to an active lifestyle with the help of a genicular nerve block.
Causes of Chronic Knee Pain
Knee pain can be caused by a number of conditions, including muscle strains, tendonitis, ligament injuries, cartilage injuries and knee arthritis. When a patient sustains an injury to the knee, the pain can become so severe that it limits daily activities and a healthy, active lifestyle.
The most common causes of chronic knee pain include:
- Knee arthritis, including knee osteoarthritis
- Ligament injuries to the ACL, PCL or MCL
- Cartilage injuries to the medial meniscus or lateral meniscus
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
Symptoms of Chronic Knee Pain
If a patient experiences chronic knee pain and plans to visit a pain physician for assistance alleviating the pain, there are several factors and symptoms that must be discussed at the consultation. These items include:
- Where the chronic knee pain is located
- Other symptoms besides the pain, such as clicking, grinding or popping
- When the chronic knee pain started
Treating Chronic Knee Pain
Ligament and cartilage injuries to the knee may or may not require surgery to repair the damage. A visit to an orthopedic specialist is always recommended to determine the extent of injury and to determine the proper treatment plan.
With knee arthritis, the knee pain typically becomes worse as the condition progresses. Many pain physicians will begin a pain management treatment plan with weight loss, pain relievers and strengthening exercises. When the chronic knee pain cannot be alleviated with these conventional measures, a pain physician may recommend a genicular nerve block.
A genicular nerve block, offered by the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment option for chronic knee pain sufferers. The procedure utilizes radiofrequency (RF) energy directly to the genicular nerves, leading to a genicular nerve ablation.
If you would like more resources on a genicular nerve block for chronic knee pain, please contact the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler. Our Tyler, Texas practice specializes in the latest treatment options in pain management.