Scientists develop a non-invasive treatment for knee pain

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A team of scientists from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has made a significant breakthrough in the treatment of knee pain, a common issue that affects many, especially individuals over 50.

Their discovery of a non-surgical method offers renewed hope to those suffering from the discomfort and mobility challenges that often accompany aging joints.

In a study involving 36 patients, the research aimed to explore how various factors such as age, gender, body mass index, prior surgeries, and existing conditions like fibromyalgia impact the effectiveness of this innovative pain reduction treatment.

The results were promising, with all participants reporting a notable decrease in knee pain.

Particularly impressive were the outcomes for participants aged 50 and above. This group experienced the most significant improvements in terms of both pain relief and enhanced knee functionality compared to younger participants.

The procedure at the center of this advancement is known as genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation. This minimally invasive approach targets knee pain caused by osteoarthritis and is celebrated for its ability to significantly lessen discomfort without resorting to surgical intervention.

Conducted by interventional radiologists, the treatment involves the precise placement of probe needles near the nerves around the knee that transmit pain signals to the brain.

These probes emit radio waves that produce heat, effectively numbing or destroying the pain-transmitting nerve endings. Notably, these nerves do not affect muscle control or balance, which underscores the safety of the procedure.

One of the treatment’s key benefits is its straightforward nature and the minimal recovery time it requires. Patients can typically leave the procedure with only Band-Aids, bypassing the need for stitches.

Previous findings suggest that the pain relief from this treatment can persist for six months to two years, offering those affected by chronic knee pain a significant window of improved quality of life.

This opportunity to engage more fully in daily activities with less discomfort is a considerable advantage for patients.

The research team is committed to further exploring this treatment, conducting long-term studies to identify additional predictors of its effectiveness.

Moreover, the application of this technique is expanding to treat pain in other parts of the body, such as the shoulders, hips, and sacroiliac joints, indicating the broader potential of this method.

This breakthrough not only provides hope to those seeking relief from knee pain but also opens the door to more effective and non-invasive treatments for various chronic pain conditions, marking a significant step forward in the field of pain management and wellness.

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