Breakthrough in knee pain treatment offers non-surgical relief

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A team from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has introduced a promising non-surgical treatment for knee pain, bringing hope to many who suffer from joint discomfort and mobility issues, particularly those over 50.

This new method, known as genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation, is a minimally invasive procedure that targets the nerves associated with pain caused by osteoarthritis.

The study, which involved 36 patients, explored how factors like age, gender, body mass index, previous surgeries, and conditions such as fibromyalgia influence the effectiveness of this pain reduction treatment.

The results were overwhelmingly positive, with all participants reporting a decrease in knee pain. Those aged 50 and above saw the most significant improvement, experiencing both pain relief and better knee functionality.

The procedure involves interventional radiologists using probe needles to apply radio waves near the knee’s pain-transmitting nerves.

These waves generate heat that numbs or destroys the nerves responsible for sending pain signals to the brain, effectively reducing discomfort without affecting muscle control or balance.

One of the main advantages of this treatment is its simplicity and the minimal recovery time required. Patients typically need only Band-Aids post-procedure, avoiding the need for stitches.

The pain relief from this treatment can last from six months up to two years, significantly enhancing the quality of life for those with chronic knee pain. This longer period of relief allows individuals to participate more actively in daily activities with less discomfort.

The research team is dedicated to continuing their studies on this treatment, aiming to uncover further predictors of its effectiveness and to expand its application to other parts of the body like the shoulders, hips, and sacroiliac joints.

This expansion shows the potential of genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation to treat various chronic pain conditions.

This advancement not only provides a new option for those seeking relief from knee pain but also represents a significant step forward in developing effective and non-invasive treatments for chronic pain conditions, enhancing overall patient wellness and mobility.

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