Carl Volk Success story


Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about Carl’s journey with pain management at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

What brought you to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers? What issues did you need to be resolved?

Other than a knee injury from a previous fall off a ladder, I have never been unhealthy or seriously sick in my life! However, that status changed when I injured myself while moving across town in the summer of 2021. I don’t exactly know how–I may have picked up something that was too heavy or bent or twisted the wrong way.

After injuring myself during the move, my right side—from my waist to my toes—was killing me! I was in a great deal of pain, and I admit I don’t take pain well! During this time in pain, I couldn’t do normal activities like walk my dog, or even drive much. My wife had to help me do many daily tasks.

At first, I saw an orthopedist who diagnosed me with sciatica and treated me with Tramadol and Gabapentin, prescribed medicines to help with the pain. After some time, I stopped using those medications due to some of their unpleasant side effects. A doctor recommended I see a pain specialist at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers for a steroid injection, which brought me to Dr. Scott Masson at the practice’s Roswell location.

Dr. Masson recommended epidural injections for my treatment plan. After the first epidural injection, it took 3-4 days to feel relief. Now I have completed 3 shots and I’ve forgotten that I ever had any pain at all! The last day I got a shot was the last day I had any pain!

Tell us about the Alliance physician you worked with. What do you love about them and how did they address your pain issues?

Dr. Masson was honest and straightforward. He is awfully nice, which is hard to find these days!

How was your experience with Alliance? What do you love about our practice?

From the front desk to the technicians to the anesthesiologists, the Alliance team was always happy and pleasant. The office staff always appeared to be enjoying their work and were super nice to me. As a patient, these qualities are very important to me.

What lesson do you want those reading your story to learn?

If something is wrong, see a doctor and do what they say!

How are you doing now?

I am pain-free now! I can do what I want with no restrictions: I can travel, play with my grandkids, walk my dog, and do anything else I want to!

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or schedule an appointment online.