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I feel like Dr. Malone and his staff are part of my family. They have made me feel so much better and made such a difference in my life. Everyone is friendly and professional.
In 2005 Robert visited his primary care physician because of a problem he had with his shoulder. He was told to exercise more and that it should improve. However, the pain increased to a point they he couldn’t move his shoulder. He is a construction superintendent for truck drivers who pave highways. Not only was he miserable, but he couldn’t work.
He was referred to a specialist who gave him cortisone shots but they didn’t provide any relief. Robert researched the internet and looked in the phone book where he found out about Mark Malone, M.D. at Advanced Pain Care. When he called to schedule an appointment, the staff worked him into the schedule to see the doctor right away.
Dr. Malone listened carefully to him describe his problem and told Robert he thought he could help him. First, he had an MRI which revealed that he had two herniated discs. Then Dr. Malone gave him oral medication and followed that with an injection. For the first time Robert felt relief from his pain.
Now Robert visits Advanced Pain Care once a month. He only takes medication at night, if he needs it. Life is better. Not only is he comfortable doing his job, but he can spend quality time with his wife and two sons. Robert is also able to pursue his hobby of entering sweepstakes and fishing.
Dr. Malone and his staff understand. They know my story and take care of me. I will always be grateful for the care I have received at Advanced Pain Care.
At 22, Tara has already had six surgeries. The first was in 2003 when she was a junior in high school. She had a hiatal hernia and nissen fundoplication. Her general surgeon had to make incisions in the same area multiple times. Nerve pain resulted from build up of scar tissue after numerous surgeries. She was in terrible pain and completely debilitated.
Her condition is complicated by seizures and her severe asthma. Tara was forced to leave high school and stay at home. She was desperate for some pain relief from the intense pain. Now she works to maintain a suitable weight. Tara referred to Advanced Pain Care by her general surgeon.
When she saw Dr. Malone, she was miserable. He carefully reviewed her case and told her he could provide her relief from her pain. When he gave her injections and oral medication, she finally started feeling better. It is still a battle for her, but she has a good spirit. Recently, she graduated from college overcoming many obstacles. Due to other health conditions, she spends most of her days at home. However, she is no longer in constant pain. She hopes to raise awareness for chronic pain.
Dr. Malone was tireless in his efforts to help me. He validated my concerns and helped me emotionally. I quit feeling guilty about pain I couldn’t control.
For as long as she could remember, Cindy’s earliest childhood memories are of headaches. She had tried different medications but they really didn’t work. As the Director of the drama department at Elgin High School, she has to be prepared to deal with kids all day long. She also has a daughter, 12, and a son, 8. The demands of her career and family don’t allow for much down time.
In 2004 she was diagnosed with colon cancer. When she was being treated for that cancer, which is now in remission, she didn’t experience the migraine headaches. The cancer medications were addressing her pain with her headaches. As soon as she was no longer taking the medication for cancer, her headaches came back with a vengeance.
She sought help from Dr. Mark Malone.
“He knew just what to do. Not only is the pain minimized, but he helped me get over terrible feelings I have had for years. When you have a chronic pain, you start to feel embarrassed about the frequency and degree of pain. It is embarrassing and hard. Sometimes you think people don’t believe you or understand,” says Cindy.
After two years Cindy is feeling better. She has more mobility in her neck and shoulders. Overall, she is able to move better. Cindy says she has received injections, oral medications, a TENS machine for the pain and exercises designed to help the pain and strain on her neck and shoulders.
The theater is her passion, both professionally and as a hobby. She believes she is a better teacher and knows she is a more involved parent. Snorkeling and swimming are also hobbies she enjoys with more frequency. In addition, she can work, relax, design and read without fear of a surprise headache.
Cindy has her life back and is grateful to the staff of Advanced Pain Care.
I had given up on living a life without pain.
Thousands of patients have been treated at Advanced Pain Care, giving people like Lynda Turner the opportunity to live without pain. “I had given up on living a life without pain,” says Turner a loyal patient of Advanced Pain Care. Turner had previously had surgery to correct her incessant pain, but the surgery was not successful.
After three painful attempts to correct the problem, Turner was left with pain “100 times worse than it was prior to the surgery.” The pain was so severe she could not walk. Lynda Turner called Advanced Pain Care, where Dr. Malone diagnosed her pain and prescribed a pain patch for the severe nerve damage and scar tissue in her back. Under his care and treatment, she was able to walk and eventually return to work.
The future looks bright for those who suffer from chronic pain, especially as more attention and resources are being devoted to pain management. Breakthroughs in treatment and care are continually being made, giving renewed hope to patients.
Advanced Pain Care was the only thing that kept me out of the hospital.
Mike Flippen knows what it is like to live with constant, severe pain. He was working with the Texas Youth Commission in Giddings in December 2009 when he was injured trying to restrain an extremely combative youth. During the incident, Flippen was kicked repeatedly, including directly in the face. Afterwards, he didn’t seek medical help, thinking a dislocated finger was the extent of his injuries. However, two months later he passed out while driving. An MRI revealed that the kick to his face had caused slow internal bleeding behind his eye, which resulted in nerve damage in his neck, shoulder and arm.
As the immediate pain from the assault began to fade, chronic pain caused by the nerve damage remained. “The only way I can think to describe it is like having barbed wire dragged around my head, neck, across my shoulder and down my arm,” says Flippen. “The pain can be so intense sometimes that it makes me throw up.”
Doctors referred Mr. Flippen to Advanced Pain Care, an Austin-based pain management clinic that specializes in diagnosing and treating chronic pain.
During his visits to Advanced Pain Care, Flippen was given two spinal injections to treat the nerve damage and medication to help with any residual pain. Flippen says, “Advanced Pain Care was the only thing that kept me out of the hospital.”
Letters to Advanced Pain Care
I would like to take a moment to thoughtfully and honestly respond to your patient satisfaction survey because I believe it to be important.
Today was my forth appointment at your clinic. My first appointment was with Dr. Malone and the past three appointments were with Anthony. I would like to begin my impressions of your clinic by simply sharing my experience during my visits.
As I arrived at my first appointment and found the waiting room to be packed with people and two thoughts went through my mind. First I felt like I was in a free clinic because there were so many people waiting to be seen. Second, I very wrongly assumed that the Doctors were running behind schedule and that it would most likely take a long time to get in to see the doctor. Both of these assumptions turned out to be very wrong. I was not only promptly called for my appointment but as my appointment began with Dr. Malone I had his undivided attention during the appointment. This same experience has held true for all of my appointments.
With that said I would like to share a few other observations. This is the first doctors office where I actually feel that the doctors honestly know what I am feeling in regard to my different pain situations as well as the emotional and every day living conditions that I have to deal with on a daily basis. I get a clear feeling of understanding and caring from the doctors as if they have been in my situation themselves instead of just trying to tell me something that they think I might want to hear. To put it another way, I feel like I am having an actual discussion with the doctors and being talked “with” instead of being talked “at.”
When I have left each appointment I felt that I had been “heard” and that the best decisions have been made between me AND my doctor regarding my situation.
The one aspect of my appointments that I find so valuable is the fact that Anthony always offers me literature to read regarding the subject that we have been talking about. My personality is such that I like to understand and research information for myself and by offering me the written literature it is extremely helpful. With not only understanding the topics which we discussed but it also helps to guide me to other information that I can follow up with on the internet.
While I am speaking about Anthony I just want to say to Anthony, thank you for letting me call you by your first name. I do understand that you have spent many years studying to respectfully be referred to as “Dr,” however, it has been my experience that too many doctors are more interested in their titles than being able to have an honest and open relationship between doctor and patient. It seems like such a small thing to even mention however when someone comes to you in chronic pain there is an even greater degree of respect for a doctor who is more interested in putting their patient at ease by offering that patient the opportunity to relax and relate on an open and personal level by simply being able to call someone by their first name. This shows the patient that their doctor has their best interest at heart.
In regards to the question on the survey “what can you do better?” Please keep the information sheet to a bare minimum with returning appointments. I bet if you were to ask your patients the worst part their appointment was, most would answer “filling out the paperwork over and over with every appointment. I realize that some of it is necessary however keeping it to a bare minimum would really help.
The main thing that I come away from your clinic knowing is that everyone there truly has an attitude of wanting to help you accomplish what you came for and that is ultimately relieving pain. Everyone always seems to have a caring and compassionate attitude and I cannot think of anyplace that having these attributes would be more important. Anyone who has been in management knows that this attitude comes from the top down. So for this I want to say thank Dr. Mark Malone. Your employees reflect your compassionate caring attitude of excellence.
I’ve told many people including Dr. Malone that APC saved my life (which is an exaggeration of course,) but the treatment I’ve received from Dr. Malone and his staff have allowed me to live an active and mostly pain free life these past 10+ years.
For many years before becoming a patient of Dr. Malone my first thought upon waking was the pain in my legs and as it was also the last thought before falling asleep most nights. I had put off going to pain management for many years trying massage, yoga, supplements but nothing seemed to work for more then a short time. I will never forget my first appointment with Dr. Malone as he really listened to me and from the questions he asked me I knew he had read my medical history and had specific knowledge of my condition which is rare in my experience. He took the time to make sure I understood the plan to treat my pain and to even sign a contract.
My pain is no longer the most important or controlling part of my day and I have been on the exact same plan for 3+ years.
Anthony, my present PA also took the time learn my medical issues treats me with respect every appointment.
In these times of negative Opioid news I am so glad I went to APC and they are professional and careful. To all the people complaining about the wait times and appointment issues I don’t totally disagree but with all the regulatory issues I can understand why some appointments go long and we have to wait more ideal but I am glad they are careful.
More Comments From Our Patients
Courteous staff, friendly, knowledgeable, willing to help, not condescending, they go the entire mile to make sure I am as close to pain free as I can be. They take the time to explain everything to my satisfaction. Easy to make appointments.
They pay attention to your needs and concerns. Answers all my questions whether related to my specific problem or not.
I am always treated well. Larry treats me as a friend. The staff are always friendly. I never feel rushed I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t come to this office. I am thankful that they are here.
Very personable and caring! The office runs smoothly and everyone seems to be working together as a team. Great job.
Accessibility, kindness, and extremely qualified staff is key to success. From Stephanie in insurance verification, Joy in financial assistance, Ashley in anesthesia care, Becky in transportation, and most of all Dr. Allen Dennis, this is the type of staff that attract and keep patients. In my opinion, Dr. Malone is setting the standard at Advanced Pain Care that all medical professionals could learn and benefit from. I look forward to many years of treatment under the guidance and care of Advanced Pain Care. Thank you all for being a breath of fresh air!
Front desk is always super nice. Short wait and friendly atmosphere. Doctors and assistants have helped a lot.
The first pain clinic to give me what I need and deserve.
Dr. Malone really pays attention to the patients and he shows that he is concerned with the patients getting better. This has been a great change from the past pain clinic for me. In the waiting room I waited a short time and I was given all the consideration possible.
Always a pleasant atmosphere, professional conduct with staff and doctors all have a carrying and concerned nature to my issues.
Staff is always very courteous and professional. Always very time efficient. I am totally satisfied with their practice.
Always friendly and get you back there fast. Always nice when you need to change appointments’ dates.