Alanna Maneer

Alley Maneer produced an award-winning painting after her physician anesthesologist gave her back the use of her hand.

Injections Give Artist Back Hand, Life and Passion

Physician Anesthesiologist Gives Artist Back Hand, Life and Passion
By Alanna Maneer

I always wanted to be an artist. I went to school, studied art, fell in love, got married, and started a flourishing career publishing my work and receiving recognition with a few awards. That all changed in 2008, when I fell on a piece of ice, broke my arm and tore the muscle in my forearm that controls hand movement.

That all changed in 2008, when I fell on a piece of ice, broke my arm and tore the muscle in my forearm that controls hand movement. I was in tremendous pain for many, many months. As my injuries healed, I was still left with a lot of residual pain and my quality of life hit a low point. I couldn’t paint, sculpt or carve. I kept dropping my tools and it was difficult for me to work on a computer. My days as an artist were over, and my skillset was dwindling.

I tried everything. Physical therapy had minimal effects. An orthopedic surgeon treated me with shots for short-term pain relief, but I still couldn’t lift anything. That’s when I was referred to a physician anesthesiologist. Pain specialist and physician anesthesiologist Ashraf Razzak, M.D. reviewed my medical records, issued new MRIs and a study to evaluate the function of my nerves. He then created a pain management plan for me. Dr. Razzak identified a bulging disc in my neck that was putting pressure on my spinal cord and causing numbness and weakness in my right arm. On my second visit, Dr. Razzak gave me a spinal epidural injection, whichhe inserted directly into the bulging disc. The relief was nearly instantaneous. I felt like I could move freely in my body for the first time in years.

Dr. Razzak’s epidural treatment plan spanned two months. After two more epidural injections, I regained more strength in my hand and the pain was almost completely gone. Two years later, I produced an award-winning painting.

My physician anesthesiologist gave me back my hand, my life and my passion. Because of his expertise in pain management, I can do what I love again.