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


Southern Pain and Neurological - helping patients in Louisiana and Mississippi

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The facts about chronic pain are staggering. According to research done by NIH:

  • One in every four Americans have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours, and millions more suffer from acute pain.
  • Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
  • Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.

Chronic pain is a health crisis in the U.S. And to make matters even more challenging, 'pain' is a complex health issue to define. There are so many types and degrees of pain—each requiring its own unique approach to treatment.

This diverse approach to treating patients suffering from pain is the foundation of our mission here at Southern Pain & Neurological.

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.