GENICULAR NERVE BLOCK
What is Genicular Nerve Block?
A genicular nerve block is a medical procedure performed to manage knee pain caused by various conditions, such as knee osteoarthritis or other chronic knee pain conditions. The procedure involves injecting local anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid medication around the genicular nerves, which are sensory nerves that provide innervation to the knee joint.
What is the Procedure for a Genicular Nerve Block?
- Injection: During the procedure, a healthcare provider injects a local anesthetic and, in some cases, a corticosteroid medication around the genicular nerves.
- Guided by Imaging: Ultrasound or fluoroscopy is often used to guide the injection and ensure accurate placement of the medication.
What are the Benefits of Using a Genicular Nerve Block?
- Minimally Invasive: Genicular nerve blocks are minimally invasive and can be performed in a clinic setting.
- Non-Surgical: They offer a non-surgical approach to managing knee pain.
- Quick Recovery: Patients can typically resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure.
What are the Risk and Side Effects of Genicular Nerve Block?
- Risks are generally low, but potential side effects can include temporary numbness, injection site discomfort, and, rarely, infection or bleeding.
Genicular nerve blocks can be a valuable option for individuals struggling with chronic knee pain. If you’re considering this procedure, it’s important to discuss it with a healthcare provider who can evaluate your condition, discuss potential benefits and risks, and determine if it’s an appropriate treatment option for you.
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