Semin intervent Radiol 2021; 38(05): 515-517
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1736530
Review Article

A Review of Musculoskeletal Embolization to Treat Pain Outside of the Knee

Abin Sajan
1   Department of Radiology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, New York
Sandeep Bagla
2   Vascular Interventional Partners - NOVA, Falls Church, Virginia
Ari Isaacson
3   Department of Radiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chronic inflammation leading to musculoskeletal pain has garnered interest in the past decade with the success of genicular artery embolization for knee pain secondary to osteoarthritis. Outside the knee joint, musculoskeletal embolization has been applied to other anatomical locations, mainly shoulder pain secondary to adhesive capsulitis and elbow pain secondary to lateral epicondylitis. The success of these early trials and other case reports highlights the efficacy of musculoskeletal embolization and its future potential.


• S.B. is a consultant for Boston Scientific, Varian Medical Systems, Medtronic, Embolx, IMBiotechnologies, and Phillips Medical System.

• A.I. is a consultant for Terumo, ABK Biomedical, and CrannMed.

• No other disclosures or conflicts of interest.

Publication History

Article published online:
24 November 2021

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