Nerve Blocks for Knee Pain

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

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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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