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The Advantages of Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain Management

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Chronic pain is a growing epidemic across the United States, including right here in the Greater New Orleans area. For years, sufferers of debilitating ailments such as back and neck pain have had to turn to surgery and other drastic and invasive treatments for relief. Often times these methods are not only ineffective for long-term relief, but they can worsen a patient’s symptoms. We here at Southern Pain and Neurological of Louisiana offer an alternative, and effective, treatment option for chronic pain sufferers: spinal cord stimulation. Spinal Cord Stimulation involves a device that uses electrical impulses to block pain from being recognized in the brain. In place of pain, patients feel a more pleasant tingling sensation. This treatment is designed to improve quality of life and lower the level of pain patients feel. Spinal Cord Stimulation has been proven to treat a number of chronic pain conditions that have not been helped by other treatments, including back pain, neck pain, and complex regional pain syndrome.

When should you consider Intrathecal Pain Pumps

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Here at Southern Pain Clinic of Southeastern Louisiana, we employ a wide variety of pain-treatment methods, with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for our patients while minimizing the need for costly and invasive surgeries. There are times, of course, when conservative pain therapy methods are not effective for a patient. In these instances, we introduce other options, including intrathecal pain pumps.

September: The Importance of Pain Awareness Month

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Tens of thousands of people across the country live with daily chronic pain. It's often referred to as the invisible illness. But while your pain may go unnoticed by others, its impact can be enormous. During the entire month of September, organizations join hands to raise awareness, and reduce stigma, about living with pain and pain management. Events (both virtual and in-real-life) are held across the country. Blue ribbons and signs promoting Pain Awareness Month will appear and dozens of landmarks and well-known buildings—from the New Orleans Superdome to Los Angeles International Airport—choose one day to be bathed in blue light as part of the Beautify in Blue initiative to spread the word. Pain Awareness Month is supported by a number of patient advocacy organizations, including the U.S. Pain Foundation, American Chronic Pain Association, and the multi-organization Partners for Understanding Pain.

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).

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