Brad Keller Testimonal

Brad Keller was an active guy. He ran marathons and hiked mountains – just for fun! But all that changed when a car crushed his foot in 1994.

Amazingly, not a single bone broke in Brad’s foot, but the sustained nerve damage that occurred led him on a 14-year journey to find relief, which came in the form of a spinal cord stimulator administered by Dr. Richard Gilbert of Southeast Pain and Spine Care.

Background:

Brad Keller was an active guy. He ran marathons and hiked mountains – just for fun! But all that changed when a car crushed his foot in 1994.

Amazingly, not a single bone broke in Brad’s foot, but the sustained nerve damage that occurred led him on a 14-year journey to find relief, which came in the form of a spinal cord stimulator administered by Dr. Richard Gilbert of Southeast Pain and Spine Care.

Testimonial:
I’ve lived most of my adult life in pain resulting from a variety of issues, but when my foot was crushed, the pain was elevated to a new level. Because of the nerve damage, at one point I was 1 degree away from having frost bite on my left foot.

I was fortunate to have a great team of doctors while I was living in Atlanta who worked with me to alleviate the pain. We tried a variety of treatments, most of which included heavy narcotics. I was never really completely pain free because that required a dose of medication so strong I couldn’t function.

But even when I moved to Charlotte, I would drive back to Atlanta for treatment. When you find a team you like, it’s hard to leave them. Eventually, I realized I needed to find treatment in town, and a good friend referred me to Dr. Gilbert.

What’s great about Dr. Gilbert is that he is very open and innovative. Surgery was always the last option. He let me control where we went next in my treatment, and I was hopeful that we had found a solution when he agreed to go ahead with the spinal cord stimulator.

The test week with the stimulator was difficult because the surgery dislodged some scar tissue from a pervious surgery, but I could tell something was different. I know what a 10 (on the pain scale) feels like, and I knew this was working.

The permanent device was turned on Dec. 23, 2008, and I’ve been pain free since that day! The biggest adjustment has come in terms of learning how to live again. I didn’t realize how “dull” I’d become.

Now I can go white water rafting with my son and actually participate in family vacations. In the past I was always in either to much pain, or so heavily medicated that could never really be a part of the fun. Now I can play with my kids on the beach and spend all day walking at a festival. It’s really changed the entire way I’m able to live my life now!