For patients seeking an alternative to surgery for knee pain, a genicular nerve block may be an ideal option. This minimally-invasive procedure has proven to be effective in managing multiple types of knee pain. 


What Is a Genicular Nerve Block?


A genicular nerve block is a minimally-invasive treatment for chronic pain. It’s designed to block the branches of nerves in the knee, called genicular nerves, that may be sending pain signals to the brain. The genicular nerves include the tibial, femoral, saphenous, obturator, and common peroneal nerves. 


In genicular nerve block treatment, a small needle is used to administer a local anesthetic and steroid to the nerve. Each injection typically only takes 5 to 10 minutes, and patients can typically drive home after the procedure. Patients also generally return to their regular daily activities the very next day. Genicular nerve blocks are performed at our procedure center using image guidance through fluoroscopy (x-ray) or ultrasound (sonograph).


The majority of patients report some immediate relief from pain, with results improving in the days following the injection. Pain relief from a genicular nerve block can last from several months to two years, with results varying depending on the patient.


What Can a Genicular Nerve Block Be Used to Treat?


There are multiple causes of knee pain. Genicular nerve blocks can help patients manage pain due to:


  • Chronic knee pain

  • Knee osteoarthritis

  • Degenerative joint disease

  • Pain following knee surgery


What Are the Benefits of Genicular Nerve Blocks?


A genicular nerve block can benefit patients with knee pain in more ways than one. Key benefits of this treatment option include:


Avoid Surgery in Knee Pain Treatment


A genicular nerve block is a good option for patients looking for knee pain relief without surgery. As a minimally-invasive treatment option, a genicular nerve block doesn’t present the risks, expense, or recovery time involved in surgical knee treatments. 


Little to No Recovery Time 


Patients can return to their regular activities as soon as they feel able after a genicular nerve block. Many patients resume their daily routine the day after the injection. 


Pain Relief With Less Medication


As pain relief from a genicular nerve block continues to increase over time, you’ll be able to partake in your favorite activities with minimal (or no) pain medications. Genicular nerve blocks can allow patients to feel less pain without the need for painkillers. 


Contact us today to learn if a genicular nerve block could help you achieve knee pain relief.