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1849 Barataria Blvd, Suite B
Phone (800) 277-1265
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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
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Relieving Pain with Joint Injections

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X-ray of knee jointJoints play an incredible role in our day-to-day lives. They exist in places throughout our body where bones are connected. Most joints allow for fluid movement and flexibility.

When these joints are damaged (due to disease or injury) the results can be decreased mobility, inflammation, and chronic pain. While there are many joints in our bodies, the ones that most patients who come to our pain clinics experience the greatest amount of pain with are:

  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Hand/wrist joints

That's because these are the most-used joints, which we rely on every single day.

Opiates can be reduced or stopped with Interventional Pain therapies

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that in 2016, 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids.

How did this happen?

According to the HHS, during the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies misled the medical community by saying that opioid pain relievers were not addictive. As a result, healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates.

This led to an increase in prescriptions of opioid medications, which in turn led to a widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids.

Fast-forward to 2017, and the HHS declared a public health emergency, which included a 5-point strategy to combat the opioid crisis.

It’s no wonder, then, that both doctors and patients alike are eager to avoid opioid prescriptions whenever possible. When it comes to chronic pain sufferers, that can be increasingly difficult.

But it’s not impossible.

Here at Southern Pain & Neurological of Louisiana, we offer an array of interventional pain therapies that provide our patients with the relief they need - and deserve - prescribing opioids as an adjunct to multimodel therapies all designed to improve function and reduce disability and pain.

Diabetic Neuropathy - Can Nerve Blocks or Spinal Stimulation Help?

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Diabetes glucose meter and vitaminsFor chronic pain sufferers with diabetes, one type of nerve damage that can be at the root of your pain is diabetic neuropathy.

High blood sugar (or glucose) has been known to injure nerve fibers throughout your entire body. However, patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy most often incur nerve damage in their legs and feet. The symptoms from diabetic neuropathy can vary greatly. The patients who come to our clinics throughout Southeastern Louisiana complain of:

  • Numbness in their extremities
  • Issues with their digestive system
  • Problems with their urinary tract
  • Discomfort in their heart

Some patients complain of mild discomfort, while others experience far greater pain. In some instances, diabetic neuropathy can be fatal.

Spinal Cord Electric Stimulation for Neuropathic Pain

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spinal cord stimulation therapyWith locations in Marrero, Metairie, and Covington, we have patients visit our Louisiana pain clinics for a variety of reasons. One of the issues our chronic pain patients come to us about is neuropathic pain.

What is neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain is pain that's generated by the nervous tissue itself. The function of the nerve is affected in a way that it sends pain messages to the brain. Neuropathic pain is often described as burning, stabbing, shooting, aching, or like an electric shock nerve type pain.

Tired of taking pills? Learn more about Intrathecal Pain Therapy

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Daily pill box with medicationsMore than 25 million Americans have experienced some form of daily pain - over the span of three months - according to a recent National Health Institute (NIH) study. That same study reveals that even more Americans, around 18% of the population, experiences "severe levels" of pain.

Chronic pain is different for everyone. It could be caused by a number of reasons, including genetics, age, disease, or injury. As a result, doctors need to find unique treatments to suit each individual. And while there are many types of alternative and traditional treatments (surgery, yoga, tai chi, etc.) among the most common treatment methods for chronic pain is medication in the form of pills.

Most patients we come across aren't necessarily excited about the prospect of taking daily pills for a number of reasons, including:

  • The inconvenience
  • The expense
  • The risk of addiction
  • Social stigma

But, of course, when faced with those issues above, and the potential of reducing their pain, these patients will typically choose to regain some form of quality of life.

It seems like an unfair trade-off. Why should you have to take pills daily to reduce your pain?

You don't.

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