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

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Get to know Southern Pain & Neurological’s Dr. Richardson

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Dr. Donald E. Richardson -  Southern Pain & NeurologicalThere are so many components that go into making a successful clinic. There's, of course, the caliber of physicians on staff. There's the team's innate passion for helping others who are in pain. And there's the desire to go above and beyond one's obligations to make the team better.

All of these qualities are what make Dr. Donald E. Richardson such an integral part of our team.

Treating chronic neck pain - surgery vs. nerve blocks

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If you suffer from chronic neck pain, you know that finding relief isn't easy. In fact, finding the source of neck pain is incredibly challenging. This is why many doctors rarely diagnose the specific source of neck pain with high confidence — there are too many possible causes, and too many of them are poorly understood.

One possible source of your pain are the knuckle-like facet joints. Each vertebra has a pair of these facet joints, and they often pop or slide in place. This can cause considerable neck pain. But it's also hard to pinpoint and diagnose. And, of course, this is only one potential source of your chronic pain.

That's why it's usually not recommended that you pursue surgical procedures as your primary source of relieving chronic neck pain. Surgeries address very specific areas of your body and may leave you with the same chronic pain you were experiencing before surgery.

Intrathecal pain pumps - how to maintain them

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Spinal cordIntrathecal pain pumps are an effective way to treat the symptoms of chronic pain, because they deliver medication directly to a patient's spinal cord.

Because of this direct route from medication to spinal cord (vs. traveling through the blood or digestive system), our patients' chronic pain symptoms can be controlled with a lower dose of medication, when compared with oral medication.

We use this treatment method for patients who visit us in our Greater New Orleans chronic pain clinics when other traditional methods have failed to relieve long-term pain.

Once we determine that an intrathecal pain pump is the correct course of treatment for a patient, it's important for our patient to know what to expect following their procedure.

How long does it take for a diagnostic nerve block to work?

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Diagnostic nerve blocks at Southern Pain and NeurologicalDiagnostic nerve blocks can be incredibly effective for patients who come to Southern Pain & Neurological suffering from chronic pain. Because we can target and numb a single nerve root, we are able to pinpoint the exact area that's causing a patient's pain. For example, if a patient experiences immediate relief due to the numbing effect of the anesthetic we use, then we can successfully identify the problem nerve.

Additionally, the cortisone we use as part of the treatment can reduce inflammation and pain that result from nerve irritation.

Many of the patients seeking this type of treatment ask us how long it takes for the effects of the injection to be felt.

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