My name is Allison Howard and I am a rising junior on the Samford University Women’s Golf Team. I experienced two separate surgeries on my left wrist and many back injuries over the years prior to being treated at Andrews Sports Medicine.
As a high school varsity softball pitcher, I constantly work to improve my game. Everything began to change for me on a Saturday in the Fall of 2019. I was pitching in a tournament and my elbow started bothering me with an onset of pain.
The next game on September 8th highlighted that something was not right. During the game, as I was pitching, my right pinky and ring finger started tingling and then went numb. My coach became concerned when I started throwing balls and walking players, which is uncustomary for me.
I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis for 15 years along with fibromyalgia and osteoporosis. Over time, the combination of these three conditions made my feet turn and twist. It got so bad I couldn’t even wear shoes, instead wearing Crocs most of the time. For years, I felt like I was walking on rocks and oftentimes my pain level was a 10 out of 10.
I am a musician and calligrapher, so I use my hands in my work quite a bit. Fortunately, I went decades without any hand conditions or injuries that hindered my work. However, in 2017 I had a terrible, constant pain in my right hand which lead to an open surgery on my right thumb and 4th finger. The surgery, performed by a local, respected hand surgeon, went well, but I had a long recovery that required months of physical therapy.
I injured my left wrist when I fell back on my outstretched hand in March of 2018. I visited a primary care physician and was treated with pain medicine and physical therapy.
Unfortunately, I hurt my wrist again in early April of 2019 and had worse pain. I went to an urgent care and they put a splint on it; however, my pain did not go away.
One of my friends recommended I see a doctor at Andrews Sports Medicine. I was desperate for any relief.
After 37+ years working as a mechanic and welder, my joints are pretty worn out. Over the years I have had knee replacement, hip replacement and multiple rotator cuff surgeries on both shoulders.
When I retired and moved back to Alabama in 2010, my orthopedist recommended Andrews Sports Medicine for any followup of my orthopedic issues. Dr. Ricardo Colberg has taken care of me ever since, helping me to manage the chronic pain in my shoulders and back.
We want to take a minute to tell Dr. Kathleen McKeon at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center how grateful we are to you for providing our daughter state-of-the-art care.
For some time, I had trouble with pain in my left foot under my toes when I would walk. I have been to doctors in Decatur where I live and had inserts for my shoes made and that didn't work.
I saw another orthopedist and a podiatrist and no help with those two. My foster dad told me about Dr. Waldrop and how he helped him. So, I decided to try one more time for help and God had bless me with a angel. :-)