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    Genicular Nerve Block

    Constant knee pain can turn daily activities into a nightmare. When the knee pain and stiffness become unmanageable by common pain medications, a genicular nerve block may give you the pain relief that you need. 

    What is a genicular nerve block?

    A genicular nerve block is a procedure where a local anesthetic is administered to the nerves that surround the knee joint. It is a diagnostic procedure that would determine if the source of your knee pain is due to pathologic changes and inflammation. By blocking the sensory nerve supply to the knee, it is expected to not only alleviate the pain but also to restore function to it. Having a positive result in this test would indicate that you are a viable candidate for this type of treatment.

    How is a genicular nerve block performed?

    A genicular nerve block is performed by injecting a local anesthetic to the areas above and below the knee. This is done with the use of an X-ray to guide the needle to its proper location to target the nerves that send pain signals to the knee.

    What should you expect after the procedure?

    You should expect the medication to work for several hours once the procedure is over. Strenuous activity is not advised. If you have been sedated during the procedure, then the operation of machinery and driving is not permitted for at least 24 hours. You are advised to call the clinic immediately if you see redness, swelling, or discharge from the injection site, or if you experience pain that is more severe than usual. 

    Is a genicular nerve block right for you?

    If you have been experiencing knee pain that has been incredibly persistent despite the use of oral pain medication, then a genicular nerve block may be the right treatment for you. 

    Call us today to learn more about genicular nerve block in Torrance. With our expert pain management doctor at the Torrance Pain Institute, you can expect the best service possible to reduce your pain.