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What is a herniated disc and how can it be treated?

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Graphic of spine and discsMany of the chronic-pain sufferers who visit one of our Louisiana pain clinics suffer from what's known as a herniated disc, a condition known to be a source of pain in the neck, arm, back or leg.

Also referred to as a ruptured or slipped disc, a herniated disc can occur anywhere throughout the spine, although it's often found in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back).

Treating Arthritis with Joint Pain Injections and Radiofrequency of Facet Nerves

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According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million people - and 300,000 children - suffer from some type of arthritis, making it an extremely common (yet misunderstood) affliction.

Many people believe "arthritis" to be a singular disease; it's not. There are actually more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions, with common symptoms including swelling, stiffness, pain, and decreased range of motion.

How to Treat Post-Surgery Chronic Pain

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Post-operative pain is fairly common, but that doesn't make it any easier to cope with for those who suffer from it. Post-operative pain occurs as a result of your body responding to the trauma of being cut open and operated on. Most post-op patients endure some level of pain or discomfort, which can often be referred to as acute post-operative pain.

Chronic pain following a surgery, however, is entirely different. This pain persists long after your body should have fully healed following your surgery. It's estimated somewhere between 10 and 50 percent of post-op patients experience some level of chronic pain following their procedure.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Surgery - The risks and recovery time

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B&W photo of woman's back and spineHere at Southern Pain Clinic, one of the treatments we offer to help our patients manage their pain is a spinal cord stimulator. Spinal cord stimulators are devices that use electrical impulses to block or mask, pain signals before they travel to the brain. In place of the pain, patients feel a far more pleasant and light tingling sensation. In the end, the goal of the spinal cord stimulator is to improve our patients' quality of life while lowering the level of pain they feel.

Is There a Non-Invasive Treatment for Lower Back Pain?

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Doctor speaking with womanMillions of people across the U.S. suffer from some form of back pain. In fact, around 2% of the workforce files for workers' compensation each year, citing back pain as the reason.

There are times when back pain can be relieved with options such as ice, heat, physical therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

However, patients throughout the Greater New Orleans area who experience more severe and chronic back pain (including disc herniation) may want to consider looking into other types of treatment, in particular Percutaneous Hydrodiscectomy.

Disc herniation and Percutaneous Hydrodiscectomy in Southeastern Louisiana

Disc herniation is one of the most common causes of back pain, resulting in chronic and at times debilitating pain. If the outer layer of one of your intervertebral discs begins to deteriorate, it can weaken, allowing the inner layer to push outward. That protruding inner layer may irritate or impinge on spinal nerves, resulting in back (and even extremity) pain.

Patients who suffer from this type of back pain rarely find relief with conservative treatment methods. However, that doesn't mean that chronic back pain sufferers need to turn to invasive surgery. Over the past several years, a number of non-invasive treatment options have come to light and have proven effective.

One such treatment, which Southern Pain and Neurological is excited to introduce, is Percutaneous Hydrodiscectomy.

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