According to a new study presented today at the Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting, a non-surgical treatment for arthritis in the knee is safe and effective in providing immediate and long-term pain relief.
For people with moderate to severe knee pain, genicular artery embolization reduces inflammation in the knee, improving function and quality of life.
"Before treatment, patients' knee pain had consumed their entire lives," Siddharth A. Padia said.
Patients who could only walk three or four blocks before were now walking three miles.
"Until recently, arthritis pain was regarded as a "Wear-and-Tear" disease, but as the cartilage breaks down, it releases enzymes that can cause inflammation and pain, as well as limit functioning. While it quickly improves patients' pain, even more exciting is the fact that it also improves their mood."
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