For Kelly Redmon, a simple twist of her ankle led to a twist of fate that would impact her life for the next seven years.
An ankle sprain that she suffered while hiking in the Virgin Islands set off a tragic downward cycle of pain for Kelly, pain that eventually led to a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
CRPS is often caused by an injury to the bones, joints, tissue or nerves and can result in worsening pain over time. Patients often suffer from severe burning pain and extreme sensitivity to the injured area. Other symptoms include swelling and loss of motion.
For Kelly, the pain in her foot became so debilitating that she could hardly walk. It got so bad that at the age of 33, she found herself using a wheelchair.
Then she met Dr. Alok Gopal at National Spine & Pain Centers’s Winchester, Virginia office. Dr. Gopal immediately initiated a treatment plan designed to help Kelly overcome the pain and get her back on her feet again—literally.
Following a series of lumbar injections, physical therapy and careful medication management, Dr. Gopal gave Kelly a series of ketamine infusions that ultimately provided the lasting pain relief that she had been seeking.
“I went from using a wheelchair to being able to walk 7,000 steps. But more than that, I regained my hopes for the future. I was told years ago by other providers that I would never snowboard again (my favorite sport), I wouldn’t be able to work fulltime in my career and I wouldn’t be able to have children, all because of CRPS. Since then, I have been pushing past my limits with Dr. Gopal’s support and expertise. This past Christmas I was able to snowboard with my partner for the 1st time since 2011. I am working fulltime and loving it, and we are planning to start a family this year.”
Dr. Gopal’s dogged determination to help Kelly overcome her pain has transformed her life. “He was so compassionate,” she said. “He listened to me, offered a lot of understanding and allowed me to be a part of my treatment plan. Dr. Gopal has gone above and beyond to help me. I don’t know where I’d be right now without him.”