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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 BIT 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.

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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 by clicking here or by giving us a call at 770-929-9033.

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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.

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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.

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Refusing to Let Pain Interrupt Life Thanks to Alliance: 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 78-year-old Almita Lowery’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I had a herniated disc in addition to suffering from arthritis all my life. On top of all of that, I also love to work out and accidentally overdid it.  After suffering from pain and heaviness in my shoulder and elbow for a long time and frustrated when other options did not help, I was finally referred to Alliance Spine and Pain.

TELL US ABOUT THE ALLIANCE PHYSICIAN YOU WORKED WITH.

Dr. Michael K. Schaufele took care of me! He did a series of epidurals for my disc and lumbar issue. They relieved the pain and I am feeling good. However,  I know where to turn if things start to change.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I have always had a great experience with Alliance. Everyone is very nice, and I always feel well liked there.

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

I would like to remind everyone that you can’t always control what happens to you at your age. My 25-year-old mind can’t control my 78-year-old body. Listen to what your body tells you and get the help you need.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I retired from being an engineer in 2005. I love to travel, collect art, and exercise. In fact, I was a docent for art museums in other cities and used to be a semi-professional body sculptor. Currently, I am feeling good thanks to Alliance playing a vital role of getting me back to my painless, normal self.

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Get Back to What You Love with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers

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 a patient’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. (This patient has chosen to stay anonymous.).

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I was having back pain for several weeks, so I made an appointment with my primary care doctor. After being X-rayed, we found the source of the pain was arthritis in my back. Unfortunately, before that appointment, I tried to go down the stairs and my right leg fell out from underneath me. This fall caused me to fracture my foot on the left side. In a later orthopedic appointment, we found out that I had an additional fracture in my ankle. Between the pain from arthritis in my back and the foot fractures, this was a rough time for me.

With all that pain, my primary care doctor made me an appointment with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers for the arthritis pain in my back. Although the appointment was only two weeks away, I was in so much pain that my husband called Alliance and got me an earlier appointment.

It turns out nerve pain was going down my leg and I needed relief through injections. I got my first one at that appointment. I walked out immediately feeling better. I had two more injections over the following weeks. Things started to look up after the third injection.

TELL US ABOUT THE ALLIANCE PHYSICIAN YOU WORKED WITH.

Dr. David Neckman is awesome. He is the kindest and the most understanding doctor I have ever met. He couldn’t have been more thorough.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

My experience was good! I like the whole atmosphere at Alliance Pain and Spine Centers. When you make an appointment, let them know how much pain you are really feeling so they can get you in as quickly as possible.

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

I should have spoken up more for myself. People in pain should voice their concerns so they can see a doctor to help them faster.

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

Overall, I’m feeling great! I have no pain in my leg or back. I’ve also been doing physical therapy recommended by an internist and my daughter.

My husband has been so amazing helping me throughout the whole process. Now I get to enjoy painting again and spending time with my family, my daughter, two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

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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Saying Goodbye to Neck Pain with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers: 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 Evelyn Ponton’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I had surgery on my neck to repair vertebrae a few years ago. However, the relief was temporary, and it started hurting again.  My pain was severe, so my chiropractor recommended Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. I couldn’t even do simple physical therapy until I got some relief.

My treatment at Alliance began with Dr. S. Christopher Cable. About four months ago, he gave me cortisone injections, which really eased the pain.  I could finally move my neck from left to right. I previously had a hard time driving, but now that’s better too.

Currently, I am working with Dr. Cable on my lower back pain, a separate issue from the neck pain that originally brought me to Alliance. We are exploring the possibility of a spinal cord stimulator treatment.

TELL US ABOUT THE ALLIANCE PHYSICIAN YOU WORKED WITH.

Dr. Cable is a very easy doctor to talk to. I liked his manner and that he took his time when talking with me. He always answered every single one of my questions, regardless of how many I had.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

It’s been very good! The whole atmosphere is very relaxing. The staff at the Woodstock location are so pleasant. If you come in nervous, they put you right at ease. Also, I never had a problem making appointments.

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

Don’t suffer from your pain! Call Dr. Cable’s office and talk to him to get relief.

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Alliance Assists Sandra Patterson with Back and Knee Pain

Six years ago, 79-year-old Sandra Patterson fell off of a stool. That simple and common accident caused tremendous issues in Sandra’s life. Back issues, horrible pain, inability to walk long distances, and knee problems all became a part of her everyday life. Hoping to make a change, Sandra headed to the doctor’s office. However, she was initially told she was not a good candidate for surgery.

A year later, she met Dr. Eduardo Escorcia.

“I love Dr. Escorcia. I would follow him anywhere,” Sandra said. “He’s a psychic, really. He always knows what I need and when I need it.”

When Sandra met with Dr. Escorcia, he discovered that she had both lumbar spine issues as well as bilateral knee pain. The lumbar spine is in the lower back area, more specifically where the spine curves inward toward the abdomen. Immediately after the fall, Sandra experienced intense pain in that area. With her bilateral knee problems, her ability to move was restricted and she needed assistance.

The first steps Dr. Escorcia took to alleviate her pain was performing left and right genicular radiofrequency ablations, also known as RFA. The procedure made Sandra’s knee pain stop because it burned the nerves that cause the brain to send pain signals.

In addition, Dr. Escorcia gave Sandra two transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TFESI). These are injections of corticosteroids around irritated nerves in the spine. They lowered Sandra’s pain by reducing the inflammation in Sandra’s lumbar spine.

Sandra continues to visit Alliance Spine and Pain because the treatments turned her life around. She is able to walk, have lunch with her friends, and cook with her husband of 60 years. Sandra is ecstatic to have the mobility to keep up with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Sandra said, “Why be in pain? Go see Dr. Escorcia and Alliance Spine and Pain!”