Meet Brenda Grigsby
We first met sixty-year-old Brenda Grigsby back in 2013, just after she was treated with COOLIEF* Cooled Radiofrequency (RF) System for chronic osteoarthritis (OA) in her knee. Recently, we checked in with Brenda to get an update on how she was doing, and we couldn’t have hoped for better news: Brenda is still pain free and living her life to the fullest and she’ll be the first to tell you that there’s no holding her back.
A Decade of Pain
Brenda first knew there was a problem when her knee began constantly throbbing. Sometimes, she felt like her knee was about to give out as she was walking. She dealt with the pain for more than 10 years, convinced it was all part of the aging process. To help manage the pain, Brenda took CELEBREX (an oral medication to treat OA) daily and altered her active lifestyle in order to cope. She stopped doing things she loved like running, and avoided wearing high-heels. Her pain became more consistent to the point where it would disrupt her sleep.
As an administrator for a pain management office, Brenda has access to physicians and is knowledgeable about new treatment options for pain. She spoke with Dr. Eric Loudermilk, medical director for Piedmont Comprehensive Pain Management Group, who determined that she’d be a candidate for a genicular nerve ablation with the COOLIEF* Cooled Radiofrequency (RF) System from Halyard Health (formerly Kimberly-Clark Health Care).
Brenda was up and about immediately after the procedure. "I had minor swelling for a few days after, but that was it. It was really a breeze."
Two Years of Relief with COOLIEF*
Today, nearly two years after the procedure, Brenda’s knee is still pain free. "It's been truly amazing. I'm now running three miles a day, my knee is stronger than ever, and I'm still pain free at night too," said Brenda.
Thanks to COOLIEF*, Brenda has been able to check off quite a few activities on her bucket list. Last year for her 60th birthday, Brenda and her sisters hiked Diamond Head on a trip to Hawaii. The iconic, two-hour, all-terrain hike was something she never would have fathomed doing prior to being treated with COOLIEF* in 2013.
And Brenda has no plans of slowing down. Her next adventure? Skydiving.
"I've always wanted to jump out of a plane, but have never been able to because of my knee. Now, I have absolutely no doubt that I'll do it—I'm very determined," she said.