Genicular nerve blocks are performed to treat pain around the knee, including:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Chronic knee pain
- Pain from knee replacement
How it Works
Genicular nerve blocks target the nerves surrounding the knee in order to block pain signals. An anesthetic and long-lasting steroid are injected. The procedure can also be performed diagnostically to determine whether or not a specific nerve is contributing to pain.
What to Expect
The injection is performed with x-ray guidance for accuracy. It is common to experience some soreness around the injection site, and you should have someone to drive you home after the procedure. However, you will be able to go back to regular activities the next day.
You will experience immediate relief from the anesthetic that is used, and further relief in two to three days from the steroid. Repeat injections are possible if the first one is effective.