Therapeutic genicular nerve blocks for chronic knee pain

Coverage decision: Not Covered (Effective date: October 1, 2018)

Genicular nerve block for treating chronic knee pain is not a covered benefit. The knee joint is innervated by the articular branches of several nerves including the femoral, common peroneal, saphenous, tibial and obturator nerves. These articular branches around the knee joint are known as genicular nerves. Genicular nerve block for treating chronic knee pain is controversial. The effectiveness of the procedure on relieving chronic knee pain is not established. The safety of repetitive anesthetic/steroid injections to the genicular nerves is unproven.

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Therapeutic genicular nerve blocks for treating chronic knee pain.

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