Saphenous nerve injury following medial knee joint injection: A case report

Masayuki Iizuka, Ruijin Yao, Stanley Wainapel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

23 Scopus citations


Knee joint injection is a procedure commonly performed for pain management of osteoarthritis. Although several techniques have been described, it is usually performed by either medial or lateral approach with the lower limb extended on the examination table. We present the case of a patient who developed saphenous neuropathy following knee joint injection via medial approach. The clinical picture suggests that the needle pierced the nerve during the procedure. The patient was moderately obese. This is the first case report in the literature of saphenous nerve injury following medial knee joint injection. Practitioners should be aware of this complication in choosing an approach to the knee joint injection, especially when the patient is obese and the anatomic landmarks are obscured.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2062-2065
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005


  • Case report
  • Injections
  • Neuralgia
  • Rehabilitation
  • Saphenous vein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


Dive into the research topics of 'Saphenous nerve injury following medial knee joint injection: A case report'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this