knee pain diagnosis and treatments

Treatment of knee pain due to osteoarthritis with radio-frequency ablation of the genicular nerves performed by Dr. Taimoorazy

Millions of people in the United States suffer from knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. It is one of the most common complaints heard by physicians

The knee has many nerves

The knee has many nerves, but three, the genicular nerves, have a relatively precise presentation, meaning they are almost always where they are supposed to be. This consistency enables interventional pain management physicians to address and control knee pain by inactivating these nerves by shocking them with a small radio frequency current, causing the tissue to heat up and become inactive. If nerves are inactive, they cannot carry pain signals to the brain…therefore the pain is decreased, often almost completely.

Knee pain image

Patients undergoing radio frequency ablation face a two-step process, the first of which is diagnostic. Using minimal sedation, the physician numbs the genicular nerves by using real-time x-ray and then monitors and gauges the patient’s pain level. If simply numbing the nerve decreases the pain, the patient is a good candidate for the ablation procedure.

“Some patients feel almost 100% relief that lasts 6-9 months or longer,” says Dr. Taimoorazy. The procedure can be repeated 1-2 times per year, if necessary.

Radio Frequency and knee pain

Perhaps even more exciting for knee pain sufferers is who the likely candidates are for the radio frequency ablation procedure.

Knee Pain Treatment Article

For more information about knee pain diagnosis and treatments, you may contact your local Dr. Benjamin Taimoorazy at Guardian Headache and Pain Management Institute, Located in  Bloomington Illinois .

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