Genicular Nerve Block Treats Chronic
The human knee is placed under extreme stress day after day. Because of the stress load placed on the knee during everyday activities and sports, knee injuries and degenerative conditions, such as knee osteoarthritis, are common. When chronic knee pain can no longer be treated with traditional pain management treatments, a genicular nerve block may be prescribed. The pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler are extremely proud to offer Tyler, Texas and East Texas patients this cutting-edge, non-surgical treatment option.
What Causes Chronic Knee Pain?
Chronic knee pain is classified as long-term pain, swelling and general discomfort in one or both knees. The exact cause of ongoing pain determines the exact location of pain, severity of pain, etc. Chronic knee pain, unlike acute pain associated with an injury, is not always linked to one traumatic event. It is often caused by a condition or disease.
Common causes of chronic knee pain include:
- Cartilage injuries
- Bone tumors
- Ligament injuries
- Baker’s cysts
Certain individuals are at an increased risk of chronic knee pain, including those who are overweight or obese, are at a more mature age, are involved in physical activities and those with previous injuries and trauma to the joint.
Knee Osteoarthritis – A Common Cause of Chronic Knee Pain
Knee osteoarthritis is a degenerative type of arthritis, commonly known as “wear and tear arthritis,” that is often found in mature aged adults. Osteoarthritis of the knee can also be found in younger adults with past injuries to the joint, or adults heavily involved in athletic activities.
Knee osteoarthritis causes chronic knee pain from the protective layer of cartilage slowly breaking down. As the cartilage becomes rough and frayed, the bones begin to rub against each other during movements. If bone rubs against bone for an extended period of time, painful bone spurs often develop.
What is a Genicular Nerve Block?
A genicular nerve block is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure designed to alleviate chronic knee pain when traditional pain management treatments fail to alleviate discomfort. This particular treatment option utilizes radiofrequency (RF) energy to genicular nerves, the nerves responsible for carrying a pain signal from the knee joint to the brain and central nervous system.
A genicular nerve block begins with a pain physician placing a small amount of local anesthetic on the genicular nerves. If a patient experiences alleviated chronic knee pain, a radiofrequency ablation of the genicular nerves is then performed.
This form of treatment typically alleviates pain and discomfort in a short amount of time with little to no complications or downtime.
For more resources on chronic knee pain or knee osteoarthritis, or to determine if you are an ideal candidate for a genicular nerve block, please contact the Tyler, Texas pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.