In 2009, I could barely walk a quarter of a mile without having to sit down for a few minutes rest. An HSS physiatrist gave me a few spinal epidural injections and also relieved arthritis of the sacroiliac with radiofrequency ablation. Keeping a regular program of physical therapy that she prescribed, I have been free of pain for the past 7 or 8 years and have resumed an active lifestyle. For the past few years, my son and I have climbed to the top of Mt. Monadnock in southern New Hampshire.