Knee Genicular Nerve Block Injections
Knee pain can impact your mobility, sleep and quality of life. For those with chronic knee pain from osteoarthritis or other conditions, there are options to manage pain without surgery or more invasive treatments. At CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago, our double board certified pain physicians offer advanced interventional pain treatments for patients with knee pain. One treatment option available for some types of knee pain is a knee genicular nerve block injection.
The genicular nerve sends sensation signals from the knee, including both sides and the top of the knee. When chronic pain exists that cannot be controlled or managed through other treatments, a nerve block is one option to reduce knee pain and diagnose the source of pain. Knee genicular nerve block injections use a local anesthetic and steroid to impact the genicular nerves in the knee, blocking the pain signals. The injection is placed near the main genicular nerve on the outside of the knee, unlike knee joint injections that are delivered inside the joint. This can offer temporary knee pain relief, lasting up to several months before the effects wear off.
Knee Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation Injections
If knee genicular nerve block injections are successful at managing chronic knee pain, a longer-lasting option can be performed to block nerve pain. Knee genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation (RFA) injections can provide long-term knee pain relief. This procedure uses RF heat delivered through a needle to the genicular nerve to disable the nerve and stop pain signals.
Both genicular nerve block and RFA injections can offer relief for certain types of knee pain, including osteoarthritis. The injections are performed as an outpatient procedure at our clinic in Chicago, requiring little or no downtime. If you are interested in learning more about interventional pain treatment options for managing knee pain, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group to schedule your knee pain consultation.