physical medicine/rehabilitation

When you're in pain, you want expert help, fast. The Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation Department of the Hutchinson Clinic can help to manage your pain. We are located in the 1100 North Main building. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call (620) 669-2234.


Facet joint syndrome is pain at the joint between two vertebrae in your spine. Another term for facet joint syndrome is osteoarthritis. The facet joints are the joints in your spine that make your back flexible and enable you to bend and twist.

Treating facet joint pain with radiofrequency ablation

The Hutchinson Clinic can offer relief with a procedure called Radio-frequency Ablation or RFA. Perfomed by Dr. Fan in our Ambulatory Outpatient Surgery Center.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) or lesioning is a minimally invasive procedure that provides lasting relief to those suffering from facet joint pain. In fact, clinical studies show that RFA significantly reduces pain severity and frequency for one year in the majority of patients. RFA involves applying heat to certain nerve pathways to “shut off” the transmission of pain signals to the brain. It is performed on an outpatient basis. It has a high success rate and low complication rate.

Dr. Fan also offers effective chronic pain relief with Spinal Cord Stimulation and Targeted Drug Therapy so you can live a fuller life. For more information, click here: Pain Therapy

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For patients that have a history of at least 3 months of moderate to severe pain with functional impairment and pain is inadequately responsive to conservative care such as NSAIDs, acetaminophen, physical therapy (as tolerated), Radiofrequency ablation may be right for you. Ask your doctor.