“Rod”, is an older gentleman and an avid golfer, was one such patient. His severe back pain from facet arthritis was more than an ailment; it was a barrier between him and his passion for golf.

Facet Joint Pain: A Common Adversary

Facet joint pain is a widespread issue, particularly among the aging population. The facet joints, which help stabilize the spine and allow for motion, can become arthritic and cause significant pain and stiffness. It’s estimated that facet joint pain accounts for more than 15% of all chronic back pain cases.

Rod’s Challenge: Pain on the Course

For Rod, facet joint pain meant more than discomfort; it meant the possibility of giving up golf—a sport that had been a source of joy and fulfillment for him. The pain became unbearable, making it impossible for him to swing a club without wincing.

The Game-Changing Treatment: Radiofrequency Ablation

RFA emerged as a beacon of hope for Rod. This minimally invasive procedure uses heat generated by radio waves to deactivate the nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals from the arthritic facet joints. It’s a safe, effective treatment that has provided lasting relief for many patients suffering from chronic pain, particularly in the lower back.

Rod’s Ablation Experience: A Return to Form

About six weeks after his ablation treatment, Rod was not only back on the golf course but also performing beyond his expectations. He participated in a golf tournament he had signed up for before his pain intensified, and to his delight, he played exceptionally well.

Conclusion: Rediscovering Joy Through Relief

Rod’s story is a powerful example of how ablation can restore quality of life. If you’re struggling with back pain and it’s affecting your ability to do what you love, consider ablation as a potential solution. At Red Butte Pain Solutions, we’re committed to helping patients like Rod find relief and return to their passions.

Contact us to learn more about facet arthritis and the life-changing potential of radiofrequency ablation.