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Virlyn L. Bishop, M.D.

Virlyn-Bishop-MDBoard Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Dr. Bishop specializes in the nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatment of musculoskeletal, orthopedic and spinal disorders utilizing ultrasound and fluoroscopic guided spinal interventional procedures. Dr. Bishop’s approach to functional restoration of spinal health includes a balanced approach of non-surgical fluoroscopic guided spine interventions and a comprehensive rehabilitation program, working with local area physical therapists, chiropractic specialists and promoting healthy lifestyle approaches.

Dr. Bishop completed his undergraduate degree at Emory University in 2001. He received his medical doctorate from Emory University School of Medicine in 2005 and subsequently completed a residency in Anesthesiology at Emory University in 2009. Following residency, Dr. Bishop became an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Grady Memorial Hospital where he was an instructor of Anesthesia residents in training. He then left to practice
Anesthesiology in Gainesville, GA where he worked until returning to Emory University to complete his Pain Medicine Fellowship in 2012. Upon completion of Fellowship, Dr. Bishop entered private practice in Pain Medicine, caring for patients at offices located in Hiram and Marietta, where he served the patients of the surrounding communities prior to joining Center for Spine Interventions.

Dr. Bishop specialized in minimally invasive and non-surgical interventions for the treatment of disorders of the spine as well as various musculoskeletal, orthopedic, and neuropathic conditio ns. His advanced training in utilizing fluoroscopic and ultrasound techniques provides the basis for performing numerous interventional procedures to specifically target the pain generators in various disorders. Conditions Dr. Bishop manages with non-surgical minimally invasive procedures includes chronic neck, middle and low back pain, sciatica, radiculopath ies (pinched nerve) of the neck, middle and low back, postlaminectomy syndrome/failed low back surgery syndrome, osteoarthritis of the shoulder, knee and hip, post herpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS 1/CRPS II), diabetic and peripheral neuropathies, headaches, cancer related pain and osteoporticjmalignant compression fractures. Procedures performed by Dr. Bishop include fluroscopically guided epidural steroid injections of the upper, middle and lower back Facet joint injections and radiofrequency ablation procedures for joint pain in the upper, middle and lower back Pulsed radiofrequency ablation of peripheral nerves responsible for various painful neuropathic conditions and for headache management. Other injections include nerve blocks for intercostal (chest wall) pain and management of chronic shingles pain (post herpetic neuralgia); spinal cord stimulation trials and implantations for chronic back and leg pain after spine surgery; sympathetic ganglion blocks; kyphoplasty jvertebroplasty for osteoporotic and malignant compression fractures; discography for the diagnosis of discogenic low back pain and when determining disc levels for fusion in conjunction with spine surgeons

Dr. Bishop has a particular interest in utilizing ultrasound to perform various nonsurgical interventions for pain. He treats osteoarthritis of the shoulder, knee and hip with ultrasound guided steroid injections and for osteoarthritis of the knees, viscosupplementation injections (Euflexxa, Synvisc, Supartz). Ultrasound guided blocks for painful nerve related pain syndromes include intercostal neuralgia, meralgia paresthetica, abdominal wall pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome. Sports related injuries that can be treated with ultrasound guided injections include tennis elbow, bicep tendonitis, and other painful tendinopathies.

In his leisure time Dr. Bishop enjoys spending time with his family, camping, gardening and playing the Uilleann (Irish) bagpipes.