Marrero, LA

1849 Barataria Blvd, Suite B
Phone (800) 277-1265
Fax (504) 889-1868

Metairie, LA

3348 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A
Phone (504) 887-7207
Fax (504) 889-1868

Covington, LA

1200 Pinnacle Parkway, Suite 7
Phone (985) 643-4144
Fax (985) 643-3603


What are the Different Types and Causes of Pain? Why Do We Feel Pain?

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The pain scale.Why Do We Feel Pain?

Pain signals are transmitted from the origin of the pain directly to the spinal cord and the spine's peripheral nerves. From there, pain signals travel rapidly to the brain and specifically, to the thalamus. Pain signal transmission rates depend on the severity of trauma or disease. For example, falling down the stairs and fracturing your ankle will send an instant pain signal to the thalamus. Alternately, you may not feel pain right away if you bump your hip against a table because the pain from bruising requires inflammation to affect soft tissues and [...]

What is a Discogram?

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What is a Discogram?Back pain is frequently evaluated by a discogram, a type of imaging scan that helps doctors identify the exact source of back pain. Discograms are also used to guide physicians during treatment of herniated discs or other degenerative disc disorder. Patients undergoing a discogram will have a contrast material injected into at least one spinal disc so that doctors can clearly see abnormalities on imaging scans.

When Is a Discogram Recommended?

Your Southern Pain Clinic doctor may prescribe a discogram if you have back pain that has not responded to medication, physical therapy or other treatment modalities. Although CT or MRI scans may suggest where back pain is, they do not always accurately identify pain generators that are in their early stages or concealed within networks of nerves, blood vessels and [...]

What Is a Percutaneous Discectomy and Why Is It Performed?

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What Is a Percutaneous Discectomy and Why Is It Performed?A minimally invasive treatment for herniated discs that have not responded to more conservative options, a percutaneous discectomy involves removing soft tissue material surrounding damaged discs responsible for back pain and inflammation. Studies investigating success rates of percutaneous discectomy have found that eight of 10 patients undergoing this procedure experienced significant relief from pain and inflammation.

Overview of Percutaneous Discectomy

Several types of percutaneous discectomies exist but all involve a surgeon inserting small instruments into the center of discs to remove tissue and eliminate nerve compression. Nearly all percutaneous discectomies are performed as [...]

Diagnostic Nerve Blocks & Radiofrequency

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Patient having a diagnostic nerve block performed.Diagnostic nerve blocks numb specific nerves or groups of nerves suspected of causing pain. By injecting an anesthetic into the area of pain, doctors can then diagnose whether this area is indeed the source of pain, according to the patient's assessment of how successful the anesthetic is in relieving pain. If a patient reports little or no pain relief following the anesthetic injection, the doctor concludes that pain originates from another area of the body.

Benefits of a Diagnostic Nerve Block for Locating the Origin of Pain

Chronic pain can significantly overlap or share similarities with pain symptoms caused by different pain generators. For example, lumbar (low) back pain could potentially originate from multiple sources, like your sacroiliac joint, facet joints, paraspinal muscles or intervertebral discs. Treatment for each [...]

Cortisone/Steroid Injections for Joint Pain

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Getting cortisone or steroid injections for joint pain relief.Joint injections are both therapeutic and diagnostic. By initially injecting numbing medication into painful joints, patients can tell their doctor how much pain relief they experience. This diagnostic aspect of joint injections also helps rule out or confirm if the joint is indeed the source of pain. An injection of cortisone/steroid into joints causing pain then helps reduce inflammation so that patients may enjoy long-term pain relief and improved range of motion.

What are Cortisone/Steroid Injections?

Cortisone is a lab-made form of cortisol, a steroidal hormone produced by the adrenal gland. When the body is under physical or psychological stress, the adrenal gland releases large amounts of cortisol into your bloodstream to help the body cope with stress. Cortisol and cortisone are anti-inflammatory substances that suppress your immune system's [...]