As discussed in our article on Hyaluronic Acid Injection for Knee Pain, pain in the knees is very specific for each person. It is typically the result of arthritis, osteoarthritis, surgery that did not heal properly, aging, and more.
Each treatment is based on the specific type of pain you have, what this pain has been treated with already, how your body responds to treatment, and so many other factors – All of which are addressed in your appointment with Dr. Henriquez.
In many cases, surgery is not a possibility for knee pain, and other newer measures of blocking pain can be tried. One option for pain relief in the knees is to do a Genicular Nerve Block.
This type of nerve blocking technique is used to determine exactly where the pain signals are coming through. There are two nerves that feed into the knee – femoral and popliteal. For this in-office procedure, Dr. Henriquez uses a needle to deliver anesthesia to these nerves, essentially blocking any pain signals to the brain.
Once complete, a patient will be asked to take note of the pain relief. It should be immediate, but it won’t last a very long time – Maybe two or three days.
If a patient experiences notably reduced pain with the Genicular Nerve Block, then it may be time to move onto the Genicular Nerve Ablation.
Much like Radiofrequency Ablation for the back, Genicular Nerve Ablation uses a heated needle to deaden the nerves causing pain. This type of in-office procedure can bring pain relief for up to 18 months.
Knowing the particular nerve that is causing pain makes the nerve block a necessary step in finding long-term pain relief for the knees.
Call us so we can set up an appointment to discuss your options for chronic pain treatment. Dr Henriquez strives to provide an approach for personal and compassionate care.
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