Knee Pain, Even at Rest?

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Knee Pain, Even at Rest?

The pain of osteoarthritis in the knees can be felt when standing up, walking, or doing any other movement. Which makes sense.

However, did you know that many people with knee osteoarthritis experience pain even when they are at rest?

In order to decrease this pain, many turn to over-the-counter NSAIDs, prescription medications, knee injections, and physical therapy. Then if none of those work, the next step is usually knee replacement surgery, however, this is changing as more and more people are opting to treat their condition with Genicular Artery Embolization.

Genicular artery embolization is a procedure that can treat knee osteoarthritis by blocking the blood flow to the inflamed areas of the knee that are causing decreased mobility and pain.

The outpatient procedure is performed by way of a tiny catheter which is inserted into the blood vessels and then guided by a highly skilled interventional radiologist, to the artery that supplies blood to the areas of knee pain.

The interventional radiologist then releases microscopic spheres into the specific blood vessel (genicular artery) to block this flow.

As a result of this blockage, inflammation is greatly decreased and so is knee pain.

Unlike knee replacement surgery which requires recovery time in the hospital, patients who undergo GAE treatment can go home the same day.

In most cases, pain relief begins to occur within two weeks, as the inflammation in the knee joint is reduced, thereby relieving the knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.

In fact, according to a study published in The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, knee pain has been shown again and again to be significantly reduced as a result of genicular artery embolization- particularly for those dealing with moderate-to-severe knee pain.

This particular study found that its participants showed continued improvement in their knee osteoarthritis symptoms at one-month, three-months, and at their six-month checkups. Not only did their symptoms improve, but the MRI scans taken at this point of recovery, proved it.

The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology also published the results of a study that followed ten patients through their GAE journey, pre and post-procedure.

At the one-year mark, the participants reported:

Median pain: 15.4% improvement
Knee/leg function: 21.3% improvement
Quality of life: 100% improvement

This study also conducted follow-up tests with the participants that included a six-minute walk and a 30-second chair sitting/standing test. As a result of the GAE procedure scores for these tests improved by 26% and 43% respectively.

Add to that, the fact that in both studies no adverse reactions were reported, and you have yourself an excellent option for treating knee osteoarthritis.

To learn more about GAE, and to see if this procedure could benefit you and relieve your osteoarthritis knee pain, please call and set up a consultation today.

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