Nerve Blocks for Knee Pain
Nerve blocks can ease the pain of knee osteoarthritis.

Nerve Blocks for Knee Pain

People with severe knee osteoarthritis who want to delay or can't undergo surgery have other options.

Unlike with a corticosteroid shot, which is injected into the joint, the anesthetic that is injected for a nerve block stays outside the joint. "We want to target nerves before they dive into the knee," says Dr. Bolash. "If I wanted to cut off electricity to your house, I wouldn't go around to every lamp. I would cut it off before it gets into the house."

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