Saphenous nerve entrapment at the adductor canal

Mark E. Romanoff, Phillip C. Cory, Alexander Kalenak, Glenn C. Keyser, Wayne K. Marshall

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A retrospective study of 30 patients who met the clinical criteria for saphenous nerve entrapment at the adductor canal is described. Patients experienced symptoms, usually anterior knee pain, for an average of 36 ± 7 months. Each patient received an average of 1.9 ± 0.4 saphenous nerve blocks at the adductor canal during treatment. Baseline pain level (measured by the visual analog scale) was 6.4 ± 0.3. Final pain level at followup was significantly decreased (2.8 ± 0.5, P < 0.001). Eighty percent of patients had improved after a series of blocks. Age, medications taken, number of blocks performed, and length of followup were unrelated to outcome. Length of symptoms did significantly corre late with final pain level (r = 0.39, P < 0.05). The diagnosis of this syndrome, description of the saphen ous nerve block at the adductor canal, and the possible etiology are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-481
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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