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Alliance Fixes Years of Injuries For Patient

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 JaneEllen Varner’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I’ve always been a very active, energetic, and outgoing person. I enjoyed riding horses and running. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm has brought on a lot of pain over the years, which included developing scoliosis, being thrown off horses, and damage to my pituitary gland from a head injury. Needless to say, I hurt all over all the time.

When I went to a different clinic, I was given a combination of drugs to relieve everyday pain.  However, my primary care physician suggested seeking pain relief from an interventional pain management clinic to stay off narcotics, which brought me to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers!

I am very thankful I had found Alliance because I ruptured a disc throwing fertilizer in the garden shortly after I started my care there. Dr. Pallavi Gupta, MD treated me with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) six months ago, and I haven’t had any more pain. 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT OUR PRACTICE? 

I met Dr. Gupta for the first time when I was there for my procedure and immediately loved her. She’s really, really good. I was so nervous, but Dr. Gupta was smiling down at me and that reassured me I was in good hands.

As a former high school teacher in the area, many of the Alliance staff at the center were my students, which is so precious to me. Everyone is so sweet and gets along. They treat all patients with kindness and create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

WHAT LESSON DO YOU WANT THOSE READING YOUR STORY TO LEARN?

You can’t lay down and quit. Take the time to educate yourself if you feel unknowledgeable about your pain care treatment and follow your healthcare provider’s advice to lose weight if needed. You have to keep living.

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

I now have very little pain! When weather changes and fronts come through, I might have some trouble with my knees. However, if it wasn’t for the RFAs, I wouldn’t be up and going!

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF

I’m a retired high school teacher living in Powder Springs. I married my high school sweetheart and we have three children and four grandchildren. Until this year, I have homeschooled one of my handicapped grandchildren.

My hobbies include knitting, playing piano, and embroidering. They used to include breaking and training horses too. I have a farm with a pony, donkeys, goats, and chickens. In the last several years, I went through training to be a dialysis tech to take care of my husband. Now I manage my husband’s dialysis treatment many hours a week.

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.

 

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Alliance Helps Patient Feel Like Herself Again

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 74-year-old Andrea McGriff’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

What Brought You to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

Over 20 years ago, I took a hard fall and it caused a ruptured disc. After it happened, I began to experience a series of unrelated, but painful issues including breaking my back twice, suffering from arthritis, and having additional falls.

The pain took over my life and made me miserable. I couldn’t stand or sit. I received injections, had two neck fusions, and tried several other treatments. Unfortunately, nothing worked for long.

After taking oral medications for my chronic pain, I got a Medtronic pain pump implant (intrathecal pain pump implant) at Alliance. The implant delivers pain medication directly to the cerebrospinal fluid, which reduces the side effects from oral opioids such as nausea, constipation, and drowsiness.

Tell Us About the Alliance Physicians You Worked With

Dr. “Nok” Keomahathai is a good doctor and makes me feel comfortable. I like his manner and trust him. You can’t say that about everyone. When I was about to give up, he saved my life.

I have been a patient of Dr. Nok’s for many years and continued to see him when he moved from his previous practice to Alliance. I also followed him from Alliance’s Dallas location to Alliance’s Cartersville location, when he re-integrated Cartersville in his practice.

What Lesson Do You Want Those Reading Your Story to Learn?

Don’t give up on seeking pain relief. A variety of treatment options are available for chronic pain. You have to work with your doctor on finding the right treatment or combination of treatments that alleviate your pain. Help is out there!

How Are You Doing Now?

Prior to the Medtronic pain pump implant, my pain ranged from a 6–10 out of 10 on the pain scale. Now, I can tell the pump is working because I feel like myself again. I am sleeping well and doing many of the things I used to be able to do before.

My treatment no longer involves taking any oral pain medications, which makes me so happy! I feel more energetic and less foggy-headed since I stopped taking them. Friends and family say my personality is back to normal again.

Tell Us a Little About Yourself

I am a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother with two sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. I love music and used to be both a church pianist and soloist.

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.

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Vietnam Veteran Finds Relief From Constant Pain Thanks to Alliance

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 Fred Riddell’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

Despite many incidents of back pain throughout my life, I always recovered or was able to “work through it.” I started experiencing pain in my early days of playing football as a youth and it continued with nerve damage from injuries suffered in Vietnam while serving in the military.

I did not let back pain deter me and was still doing all the physical activity I had always done until the age of 65. Then, the pain became unbearable. A hip replacement relieved pain in my right side, but I still had back pain that radiated to my legs. Gabapentin and physical therapy kept that pain under control for several years. However, the pain intensified and I was referred to Dr. Jordan Tate at Alliance in February 2019.

Immediately, Dr. Tate treated me with epidurals and ablations, which provided temporary relief.  When they didn’t provide lasting relief, Dr. Tate recommended a Spinal Cord Stimulator trial with the Nevro HF10 in October 2019, followed by an implant two months later. That procedure made me feel normal again!

TELL US ABOUT THE ALLIANCE PHYSICIAN YOU WORKED WITH

I clicked with Dr. Tate right away. She’s wonderful and deserves all the accolades. Not only does she really care, Dr. Tate provides state-of-the-art care.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

The Alliance team is optimistic and shows great appreciation for the patient. Alliance nurse practitioner, Emily Cummins guided me through the process incredibly. I also appreciated the session with Dr. Andrea Elkon, Alliance’s psychologist who made sure I was qualified for the procedure.

Everyone at Alliance treats my wife and me wonderfully. I have zero negative things to say about the practice. 

WHAT LESSON DO YOU WANT THOSE READING YOUR STORY TO LEARN?

If you are open in your communications about the pain you’re experiencing, you will get great results from this team. 

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

After the Spinal Cord Stimulator trial with the Nevro HF10, I got immediate relief that has continued to this day. This status surpassed my goal of at least 50% relief. I’ve also been able to stop wearing the back brace that was my constant companion for two years before it.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am happily married with three children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Since I no longer have pain, I’ve taken up golf again. I also volunteer weekly at the Georgia Department of Veterans Service.

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 click here to schedule an appointment.

 

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Alliance Stops Years Worth of Pain

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 Philip’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

After my retirement, I moved to the Atlanta area from Virginia and began to have back issues due to arthritis a few years later. I was recommended to Alliance Spine and Pain where I tried epidurals followed by ablations. With both treatments, I immediately felt relief, but the pain eventually returned.

Dr. Nok Keomahathai recommended a Spinal Cord Stimulator implant. Originally, I was resistant to it, but my wife reminded me of the inconvenience of some of my past pain. I knew I wanted to be productive and continue to do the things I love, which made me willing to give this treatment a try.

TELL US ABOUT THE ALLIANCE PHYSICIAN YOU WORKED WITH

Dr. Nok definitely knows what he’s doing! He has good ideas.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

From the anesthesiologist to the assistants, everyone is phenomenal! They show an incredible level of professionalism and hard work in the way they handle us as patients. The nurses, Philip and Ashley, are so involved and thoroughly research your personal case. Mary at the front desk is great too. I can’t say enough about the staff in Cartersville. They are absolutely wonderful!

WHAT LESSON DO YOU WANT THOSE READING YOUR STORY TO LEARN?

Don’t be afraid to look for opportunities. Try new things to improve your health so you can live a better life.

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

I have resumed much of my normal lifestyle. I chop wood and spend time outside. I’ve even been able to paint the exterior of my entire house, along with other significant building and home improvement projects. I can now play golf again after stopping about a year ago because of the pain.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am a retired Marine Corp and married with two daughters. I have a granddaughter that keeps me busy. We moved to Cartersville so we could be closer to our family and enjoy living in the “country” on a small, private lake.

I’ve always been extremely active! I love construction projects and riding my motorcycle. Golf is my passion, but I also do Origami!

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 click here to schedule an appointment.

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From Level 10 Pain to Level 0: Patient 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 Clifford’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I had pain that was a constant 9 out of 10 and felt like a “couch potato” prior to a surgery I had with Alliance. I trusted Dr. Rosenfeld 100%, so when he suggested SI fusion, I was totally on board.  SI Fusion is a minimally invasive, same day, procedure for sacroiliac joint disruptions. I had a right-side SI fusion in January of this year.  It went so well that Dr. Rosenfeld elected to do my left side in February.  Since both surgeries, I can now confidently rate my pain a 0 to 1 out of 10.

WHAT LESSON DO YOU WANT THOSE READING YOUR STORY TO LEARN?

This procedure has made a 100% difference in my pain, and I would suggest it to anyone with SI pain.

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

I enjoy going to the park with my kids, which I’ve not been able to do in years. I also love going on walks.

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 click here to schedule an appointment.

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Alliance Helps with a Return to an Active Life: Patient 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 Jo’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

For the past 20 years, I’ve had a bad lower back and the pain has intensified the past six years. My ability to walk was limited, forcing me to use a wheelchair to maneuver around the airport. I couldn’t stand very long without leaning on something, and my daughter thought I would never walk normally again.                                                       

My doctor suggested receiving an epidural at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. I was skeptical at first, but I decided it was worth visiting.  Dr. Jordan L. Tate diagnosed me with spinal stenosis and discussed my treatment plan options. We decided I should start with receiving two shots. It gave me relief at the beginning, but it soon stopped. 

Because I wanted to avoid back surgery, Alliance was the best place for my pain management treatment. Dr. Tate recommended the Vertiflex procedure. Her simple explanation confirmed it was the right option and it only took an hour to get two implants. 

I immediately experienced the positive effects of the procedure by walking out of the clinic and standing upright for the first time in years.  Within a week, I felt no pain and no longer had spinal stenosis. 

I’m 100% again. It’s amazing!

TELL US ABOUT THE ALLIANCE PHYSICIAN YOU WORKED WITH.

Dr. Tate is phenomenal.  She’s so smart and easy to talk to. I’ve recommended her to friends, and they have seen her. She and Lacey, Dr. Tate’s nurse, are the best folks you’ll ever want to meet. I am forever grateful to Dr. Tate and her team. 

In fact, I called Dr. Tate during COVID-19 quarantine when I didn’t even have an appointment to have the front desk tell her “I love her!”

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

Everyone in the office is amazingly friendly and attentive. I’ve never felt so comfortable and only have positive things to say.

WHAT LESSON DO YOU WANT THOSE READING YOUR STORY TO LEARN?

Don’t wait if you are in pain. If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, do the Vertiflex procedure.  It’s life changing. I thought my life was over, but I am doing great now. 

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

This procedure was life-changing, and I’m back to 100%. I don’t have lower back pain anymore, which allows me to ride in the car for a long time again and spend time with my three daughters. I do all my favorite hobbies again like gardening, riding horses, and motorcycling. My husband of 50 years and I have ridden motorcycles into every continental state in the U.S.

I’m absolutely amazed and feel like I’m young again!

 

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 click here to schedule an appointment

Patient Testimonial: Kolen Taylor

Alliance is the Solution You Can Trust: Patient 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 59-year-old Kolen Taylor’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

What Brought You to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

I had just moved here from Tennessee, where I was seeing a pain specialist for four years. The back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia I had for a very long time developed into long term issues from wear and tear on my back. Because of it, sometimes I couldn’t walk. 

When I got to Atlanta, I searched for new reputable practices. When I found Alliance, they looked great, so I gave them a call. Once I was there, I got an MRI to determine if I could see Dr. Marvin D. Tark. After that, he accepted me as a patient! I was so happy! 

When I first saw Dr. Tark, I got injections in my back and neck. It was so quick and painless. The relief was within 30-45 minutes and lasted several days. Dr. Tark is continuing to work on my conditions to relieve the underlying pain.

Tell Us About the Alliance Physician You Worked With

I liked the other practice in Tennessee, but Dr. Tark makes me feel much better than they did. He makes me feel safe, and I know he won’t do anything not in my best interest. I trust him completely and his Physician Assistant, Charmaine Faucher, too. They know me inside and out. I wouldn’t see anybody else. 

When I changed medications and had a reaction, they had me come in the next morning and changed medications right away. That’s just a great example of their level of dedication. 

How Was Your Experience with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

I love the receptionists – all of them. I like going to the Marietta office because of them! Everyone is friendly, they know me, and it’s a very positive upbeat atmosphere. I can’t sing any of their praises enough. 

What Lesson Do You Want Those Reading Your Story to Learn?

Don’t be afraid to try what Alliance Spine and Pain Centers suggests. They won’t lead you on, and they know what they’re doing.

Tell Us a Little About Yourself

I am disabled. I was a nurse for over 20 years, but I stopped working in 2006. I read a lot, and I love to be outside.

Patient Testimonial: Jane Langlois

From Not Being Able to Move to Living Normal Life Again: Patient 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 72-year-old Jane Langlois’s journey with pain management and Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

What Brought You to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

Since the 1990s, I have had back problems. During that time, I developed rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and, finally, sciatica. Because of all of these issues, I couldn’t sleep at night, walk, or ride in a car because of the motion. My rheumatologist recommended Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, so I headed over.

Tell Us About the Alliance Physician You Worked With

I worked with Dr. Omar Hajmurad. He’s a great doctor, and I love him. I have such confidence in him, and he’s very uplifting. It’s amazing having someone to really help me, someone who really listens.

How Was Your Experience with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

After I received my first epidural, I felt like a teenager again! I had great results that day, and I even walked my dog. The issues I had earlier were alleviated, and I could get back to my normal life again.

Now, Alliance is working on some occipital nerve issues I’ve been having in my neck. Earlier, I couldn’t move my neck. However, I now can finally move it around again.

Dr. Hajmurad’s staff is so good. I love them all! At first, I was anxious to go to the center, but everyone has made me feel so comfortable and welcomed. I don’t worry anymore.

You can put me down for 5 stars!

Tell Us a Little Bit About Yourself

My husband is retired from the military. We live with our married daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters.

In my free time, I love being with my dog and taking care of her. I also love to cook and watch cooking shows. I live right next to Kennesaw Mountain and have 10 deer that come to my backyard every night so I can feed them. It’s such a bright spot in my routine.

A fun fact about me, I was on the game show “Let’s Make A Deal” with my husband when we lived in Las Vegas in our 20’s. We actually won a Cadillac!

If you’re dealing with pain issues that are getting in the way of your everyday life, we’re here to help. Reach out to any of our pain-alleviating specialists or by giving us a call at 770-929-9033.

Patient Testimonial: Billy

Finally Managing Pain That Lasted for Years: Patient 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 83-year-old Billy’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

What Brought You to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

I’ve had lower back problems for a few years now. All the pain I experienced happened when I was standing or walking. However, when I sat down, it all stopped. I always thought it would go away, but it just kept getting worse and worse.

Because I had never been to a pain doctor before, I didn’t know where to get started to find help. A friend at church had successful procedures at Alliance and recommended the practice to me. Luckily, that’s where I went first!

How Was Your Experience with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

I first visited Dr. David Rosenfeld in 2015. We tried an epidural injection, and I had relief for a short time. After a month or so, I went back for a 2nd and 3rd injection. I did this series of shots three times during 2015-2019, and my relief was always temporary. Though it made my pain more bearable, I was sitting a lot to find relief.

Then, I went back to see Dr. Rosenfeld in 2019 to see what else he could do. He recommended and performed an indirect spinal decompression (a Vertiflex Superion procedure). It worked well, and it pretty much took care of my back problem. I very seldom had any pain after that!

Currently, I am running into a new issue with pain and sensation all down the back of my legs. I am visiting with Dr. Rosenfeld again to help fix this pain, and I am confident he and Alliance will help me get back to normal.

Tell Us About the Alliance Physician You Worked With

Dr. Rosenfeld is super! I don’t know how Alliance managed to find all of these staff members and physicians who are so nice and so understanding. I know they have suggested and done absolutely everything possible. Throughout the whole process, they have been so positive. I couldn’t ask for a team to be any better. We’re all on a first-name basis.

Tell Us a Little Bit About Yourself

I am retired and married to my very supportive wife, Flora. For most of my life, I have been an active person. I played football and baseball in school. Also, I enjoyed playing tennis. Until the last few years, I bowled in a league, hunted, and fished.

Though a lot of my activities have slowed down the past few years, I still get on my tractor and tend to my cows.

Patient Testimonial: Suzy Buchanan

Fixing Years Worth of Pain: Patient 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 this patient’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

What Brought You to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

I had horrible pain in my legs. I always felt numbness and tingling in them and lived with these feelings for months. Sometimes, it was so bad that I could hardly walk without hurting. I finally went to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers for help.

Tell Us About the Alliance Physician You Worked With

I worked with Dr. Jordan L. Tate. She’s very good. And she’s so sweet.

How Was Your Experience with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers?

Alliance gave me two epidurals for my leg pain. After the second one, everything changed. I finally had no pain.

Alliance also helped my arthritis, a condition that I had lived with for years. I was prescribed arthritis medicine and now I wake up and can move my hands! 

Tell Us a Little Bit About Yourself

I work for Jasper Neurological Associates. Also, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and four-month-old grandson who live close by.