New hope for knee pain sufferers with minimally invasive treatment

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Researchers at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital have developed a promising new approach to treating knee pain, particularly benefiting individuals over 50 who struggle with joint discomfort and mobility issues due to osteoarthritis.

The method, called genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation, offers a non-surgical alternative to traditional pain management techniques.

The technique involves targeting the nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals from the knee. Using a procedure that’s minimally invasive, interventional radiologists insert probe needles to apply radio waves directly to these nerves.

The heat generated by the radio waves effectively numbs or destroys the nerves, which prevents pain signals from reaching the brain.

A recent study at the hospital involving 36 participants evaluated how different factors such as age, gender, body mass index, previous surgeries, and conditions like fibromyalgia affect the treatment’s success.

The findings were notably positive, with all participants reporting reduced knee pain. Those aged 50 and above experienced the most significant benefits, including decreased pain and improved knee function.

One of the major benefits of this procedure is its simplicity and the minimal recovery time involved. Patients typically leave the treatment with only a Band-Aid, no stitches required.

The pain relief provided by the treatment can last anywhere from six months to two years, allowing patients a better quality of life and greater participation in daily activities without significant discomfort.

Encouraged by these results, the research team plans to continue their investigation into the effectiveness of genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation.

They aim to identify more predictors of positive outcomes and consider extending this treatment to other areas of the body plagued by chronic pain, such as the shoulders, hips, and sacroiliac joints.

This breakthrough offers not just a new option for those seeking to alleviate knee pain but also marks a significant advancement in the development of non-invasive treatments for chronic pain conditions, improving patient wellness and mobility.

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