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We Can Help With Your Personal Injury Case

If you received an injury in a car accident, or were hurt on the job, there are a few things you should do immediately to get the compensation you are entitled to.  It is important to go to the right doctor to treat and document you injuries as soon as possible.

What You Should Do After An Injury

Do not ignore any signs of pain. Depending on the injury, you may not want to rely on your primary care physician, but seek help from a doctor who specializes in the area of your injury. The Louisiana Pain Specialists Team are the experts for treating back pain, neck pain, and nerve pain due to a traumatic injury. We know that pain is more than a physical sensation, it is also stressful, distracting, and even depressing. Our experienced physicians will identify and evaluate the source of the pain and provide a safe, minimally invasive, clinically proven interventional treatment for our patients. For more information visit: https://louisianapain.com/injured-patients/

Worker’s Compensation

After an injury, receiving Worker’s Compensation can be a long drawn-out process. The Louisiana Pain Specialists Team understands the complex procedures for navigating Worker’s Compensation Claims. We work quickly to schedule appointments, evaluate conditions, and provide expert medical consultations and evaluations. Our goal is to help you receive quality care while assisting in their Worker’s Compensation Claims. For more information visit: https://louisianapain.com/workers-compensation/

Helping Attorneys

Treating your injuries is our priority, however, in order to provide the perfect solution for medical care and case support, we have developed a Concierge Service to assist local attorneys with providing expert medical evaluation and assistance for their clients. Our team helps attorneys seeking medical experts for their Personal Injury Cases and Worker’s Compensation claims. Our doctors are Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Interventional Pain Physicians that specialize in treating chronic and acute pain. If your client has recently been injured in a car accident or has been hurt on the job, you will need a doctor that specializes in neck pain, back pain, or joint pain. The Louisiana Pain Specialists build a customized treatment plan utilizing all available options from medication to the latest cutting edge procedures and interventions to provide the best solution for our patients. For more information visit: https://louisianapain.com/attorney-concierge/

Louisiana Pain Specialists At Louisiana Pain Specialists, our focus is on improving the quality of life of our patients. We have helped thousands of our patients get back to doing what is important to them: working, having restful sleep, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in their normal daily life. We have been successful in caring for patients with challenging conditions, for whom other treatment plans have failed. With seven locations in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas, we provide quick access to accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain.

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)?

Have you felt a numbness or tingling in your wrists or fingers lately? This could be early warning signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  (CTS). If you  experience a weakness in your wrist of the tendency to drop objects you should see a professional. If yo do not seek help, permanent nerve damage could occur.

How Does CTS Occur?

These symptoms can occur when the nerve in the carpal tunnel, which is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist get compressed.  Experts explain that this nerve actually sends signals to your hand, thumb, middle-, index and part of your ring finger. Repetitive hand motions can lead to CTS.  A wrist fracture and inflammation due to rheumatoid arthritis can narrow that tunnel and irritate the nerve. Smoking, obesity, hight salt intake and not enough exercise may also increase the risk of CTS.

What You Can Do To Prevent CTS

Experts agree there are some things you can do to minimize stress on your writs or hands. They suggest relaxing your grip. Try hitting the keys of your keyboards not as hard. Take frequent breaks, if possible. Also keeping your keyboard at elbow height or a little bit lower can help take stress of your wrists. Keeping your hands and wrists warm at work and changing your mouse or keyboards, if they feel uncomfortable, are other ways you can help your hands and wrists. Treating conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis may also reduce the risk for developing CTS.

Louisiana Pain Specialists At Louisiana Pain Specialists, our focus is on improving the quality of life of our patients. We have helped thousands of our patients get back to doing what is important to them: working, having restful sleep, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in their normal daily life. We have been successful in caring for patients with challenging conditions, for whom other treatment plans have failed. With seven locations in the New Orleans area, we provide quick access to accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain.

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Heat & Ice Therapy, Does It Work?

Are you suffering from back pain and are not sure if heat or ice therapy is right for you? Find out more about what you need to know when deciding whether to apply a heat or ice.

Cold Therapy

Generally speaking, cold helps to minimize inflammation and reduce sharp pain.  This means that ice is best for fresh injuries. Applying a cold pad to an injury can help reduce swelling. It actually causes blood vessel to constrict. Keep in mind, you should only use cold pads within the first 48 hours after the injury occurred.

Heat Therapy

Heat usually helps to relax stiff joints, muscles and blood vessels. For chronic pain, including back pain, you will want to relax your muscles and get more blood flow to the impacted area. A heat pad will help to open up blood vessels which will aid with the healing process. Some studies suggest that low-level, long-term heat applied directly on the skin can significantly reduce stiffness and tension and increase flexibility. Positive effects can,  in some cases, last for 48 hours or longer.

If your pain persists contact a specialists since your pain could be a sign of a more serious condition.

Louisiana Pain Specialists At Louisiana Pain Specialists, our focus is on improving the quality of life of our patients. We have helped thousands of our patients get back to doing what is important to them: working, having restful sleep, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in their normal daily life. We have been successful in caring for patients with challenging conditions, for whom other treatment plans have failed. With seven locations in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area, we provide quick access to accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain.

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What Is A Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection?

This is an outpatient procedure where the patient receives an injection of a steroid-anesthetic medication through an opening in the sacrum. This is the lowest portion of the epidural space.  The medication can reduce swelling and inflammation of irritated spinal nerves. The injection takes only a few minutes to complete.

Why Get This Procedure

A caudal steroid injection can help you if you suffer from lower back and leg pain caused by sciatica, herniated discs, bone spurs or other back problems. You have nerves that run from your spinal cord out to your back and legs.  Some patients say pain relief started within 30 minutes after the injection. For some the pain may return a few hours later as the local anesthetic wears off.  The long term relief usually starts two or three days after the for some, the relief lasts several months or longer.

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Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection performed by top pain management doctors, at Louisiana Pain Specialists, in Kenner, Metairie, Marrero, New Orleans, New Orleans East, LaPlace and Baton Rouge.

At Louisiana Pain Specialists, our focus is on improving the quality of life of our patients. We have helped thousands of our patients get back to doing what is important to them: working, having restful sleep, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in their normal daily life. We have been successful in caring for patients with challenging conditions, for whom other treatment plans have failed. we provide quick access to accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain.

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How You Can Get Through The Holidays Pain Free

The holiday season can be pretty stressful. This can lead to body aches and pains. You host visitors, travel to see family, try to get all the presents for your loved ones and, usually, eat way too much and sometimes unhealthy food. This is a recipe for a stressful time. While you are running around trying to get everything done you may forget to take care of your health. We have some tips on what you can do to enjoy a pain and stress free holiday season.

What You Can Do

Schedule

Try to plan your activities to avoid overloading yourself. Try not to do everything last minute. Delegate tasks, your family can help you out with activities that might be too demanding for you. Also, make sure to plan for breaks and most importantly time for yourself, including time for exercising.

Exercise

Doing your stretches and/or Yoga or Pilates exercises regularly, even during this stressful time of year, will do wonders for your physical and mental health. Strengthening your body will allow you to enjoy fun activities and even shopping with your family and friends.

Healthy Eating

Maintaining healthy eating habits can be difficult during this time a year, but they are essential to keep you well. Try to maintain your current weight by eating smaller portions and making healthy food choices. Cut down on the pies and cakes and try to eat more salads. Also, keep in mind that Alcohol is a depressant which can actually intensify pain. Moderation is key to success with the right eating habits.

Louisiana Pain Specialists

At Louisiana Pain Specialists, our focus is on improving the quality of life of our patients. We have helped thousands of our patients get back to doing what is important to them: working, having restful sleep, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in their normal daily life. We have been successful in caring for patients with challenging conditions, for whom other treatment plans have failed. With seven locations in the New Orleans area and Baton Rouge, we provide quick access to accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain.

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Why Do I Wake Up With Back Pain?

You probably know the feeling….. you wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, but once you start moving, you feel a shooting pain up or maybe down your back. There are many reasons why your back is hurting in the morning, here are a few of the most common:

You May Be Sleeping Incorrectly

One of the most common causes of back and neck pain is due to your sleeping posture. Poor sleeping positions can put pressure on your spine which can cause back strain and uncomfortable pressure on your joints.  We spend approximately one-third of every day sleeping. Make sure you are sleeping in a position that maintains the natural curve your your spine. This means that stomach sleeping is not the best position. Stomach sleeping can cause neck pain, back pain, and even headaches. Try to sleep on either your side or our back. If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your knees. If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees. The pillow helps give your spine the best chance to maintain its natural curve and relax while you sleep.

It May Be Time To Get A New Mattress

There are many different types of mattresses from pillow-top to firm. They all offer different types of comfort and support. People who use the medium-firm mattress have less back pain compared to those who use too firm or too soft. In addition, it is important to purchase a new mattress every 10 years according to mattress research studies. Mattress wear over time from use. They also develop body impressions, depressions in the mattress, which affect the comfort of the mattress. It is also important to use a pillow that supports your neck to ensure the best sleep and rest.

Pregnancy

Back pain during pregnancy is extremely common, and some women experience back pain as early as eight weeks into their pregnancy. Unfortunately, after sleeping for a long period of time at night, the lower back pain can be worse in the morning causing increased stiffness and muscle tightness. The best way to reduce the pain and discomfort is to try stretching and try warm compresses.

Disc Degeneration

Degenerative Disc Disease is a natural result of aging of the body and typically occurs without a triggering event. The conditions results when the spinal discs between your vertebrae begin to deteriorate. This causes intense pain and discomfort that may be worse in the morning. There are a variety of treatments for Disc degeneration including steroidal injections to relieve pain or pain medication.

Solutions

Back pain in the morning is fairly common. Usually it goes away after you move around for a while. However, if you begin to have back pain every morning your pain may be a result of a bad mattress or an underlying medical condition. If you notice your pain getting worse, consult a doctor to determine if there is a more serious medical issue causing your pain.

Louisiana Pain Specialists At Louisiana Pain Specialists, our focus is on improving the quality of life of our patients. We have helped thousands of our patients get back to doing what is important to them: working, having restful sleep, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in their normal daily life. We have been successful in caring for patients with challenging conditions, for whom other treatment plans have failed. With seven locations in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area, we provide quick access to accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain.

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Halloween Injuries And How To Prevent Them

Halloween night and trick-or-treating belong together. Before you head out consider some safety tips to make sure nobody gets hurt during this time of year.

Walking Through Your Neighborhood At Night

This is New Orleans and we know that our streets and sidewalks need work. When heading out of trick-or-treating uneven sidewalks and long costumes combined can lead to trips and falls. Make sure your child can walk easily in his or her costume. Hem baggy, over-sized costumes to prevent them from dragging across the ground. Take a flashlight with you to make sure you can see what lies in front of you.

You should make sure your children keep to the sidewalks and avoid dangerous intersections. Also, consider adding reflective tape to their costumes so they’re more visible in the dark.

Take A Closer Look At Your Costume

Masks are fun but can be dangerous to wear while walking at night. Make sure the eye-holes in your mask are big enough for adequate vision. You’ll most likely go trick-or- treating at night so you do not want your, or your child’s vision to be impaired. You can take some scissors and widen the eye holes to allow for better peripheral vision. If you or your child will be wearing a mask for evening trick-or-treating or a night Halloween party, lift the mask while walking over unstable ground or dark pavement, experts suggest.

When it comes to the material of your child’s choose costumes pick one that is made from flame retardant materials. You could even encourage your neighborhood to swap out traditional tea lights for LED versions.

Louisiana Pain Specialists At Louisiana Pain Specialists, our focus is on improving the quality of life of our patients. We have helped thousands of our patients get back to doing what is important to them: working, having restful sleep, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in their normal daily life. We have been successful in caring for patients with challenging conditions, for whom other treatment plans have failed. With seven locations in the New Orleans area, we provide quick access to accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain.

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Arthritis is a general term used to describe joint pain or joint disease.

Actually, there are more than 100 varieties of arthritis and related conditions. This disease does not discriminate: all ages, sexes, races, and ethnicities are afflicted with arthritis. As the USA’s leading cause of disability, over 50 million adults and 300,000 children have one of the 100 varieties of this disease and related conditions. It is more common in women than men, and is more frequently diagnosed as people age. Common symptoms, which may be sporadic, include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. The level of pain can be mild, moderate or severe. The pain level may remain stable for a number of years, but may escalate after a long period of time. Severe arthritis pain is debilitating, causing chronic pain, the inability to perform daily tasks, and cause the inability to walk or climb stairs.

Arthritis can permanently disfigure joints which may be visible to the naked eye, such as gnarled finger joints.

However, most often, the damage is exclusively visible by X-ray. In addition to affecting the joints, more debilitating types of arthritis impinge on the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys or skin. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is characterized with the loss of cartilage, where bone rubs against bone, causing significant chronic pain and swelling, accompanied by stiffness. Risk factors that cause arthritis are: family history, previous injury, age, and obesity. Inflammatory Arthritis, Infectious Arthritis, and Metabolic Arthritis are three classifications of the disease, which have far more complicated causes and treatments than osteoarthritis.

Treatments for the disease include maintaining a healthy weight, remaining physically active, and seeking the care of a physician who specializes in the type of arthritis has afflicted you. Most importantly, seek the treatment of a physician that specializes in pain management.
The physicians at Louisiana Pain Specialists are dedicated to practicing pain medicine in a responsible manner that brings relief to those that are suffering, recognizing that an accurate diagnosis is crucial in order to alleviate the pain.

If you have chronic pain that is interfering with your daily activities, Louisiana Pain Specialists serves the Metro New Orleans area at five different locations: in Kenner at 231 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite B; in Metairie at 3434 Houma Boulevard, Suite 301; in New Orleans at 3439 Prytania Street, Suite 501; in New Orleans East at 5621 Read Boulevard; and in Marrero at 4520 Wichers Drive, Suite 205.

While we participate in most insurance plans, our insurance specialist will confirm your coverage prior to attending your appointment. To make an appointment to learn how our physicians can alleviate your chronic pain, call (504) 267-1185.

An appointment is required at all 5 locations, so join us at a location near you!

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Can Pilates Help Prevent Back Pain Your back is hurting after a long day at the office and you are not sure what to do? Have you considered doing Pilates?

Pilates exercises focus on on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core are the muscles of the abdomen, lower back, and hips. Some exercises are specifically designed to help de-compress the lumbar spine by working to create a balance of strength between the lower, deep abdominals and low back muscles. Therefore, doing the right exercises can help you strengthen your lower back while releasing tension and tightness around the lower back area which can help ease some pain.

What You Can Do

You should consult with your doctor before starting Pilates for your back pain. Recommended Pilates exercises to help ease some lower back pain include the Chest Lift, the Pelvic Bridge, Swimming or the Child’s Pose.

If your back pain persists visit the experts!

Louisiana Pain Specialists

At Louisiana Pain Specialists, our focus is on improving the quality of life of our patients.

We have helped thousands of our patients get back to doing what is important to them: working, having restful sleep, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in their normal daily life. We have been successful in caring for patients with challenging conditions, for whom other treatment plans have failed. With six locations in the New Orleans area, we provide quick access to accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain.

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Tip #1

The temptation is too great to forgo exercise when you’re living with chronic pain. However, you should begin with a stretching regimen. Stretching properly can be very beneficial in alleviating chronic pain.

Tip #2

Walking is a low-impact form of exercise that can be done year round either indoors or outdoors, and the majority of people are capable of doing it. Walking is a strengthening exercise.

Tip #3

Swimming and other forms of water exercise are beneficial with musculoskeletal and joint pain because you’re buoyant in water. This alleviates stress on the joints and musculoskeletal system. These are also strengthening exercises.

Tip #4

Yoga has beneficial breath exercises that can be done even in the event you’re incapacitated. When you become focused on your breathing, you become more relaxed and centered, therefore releasing tension. Movement and stretching within your range of motion can also be beneficial when you have chronic pain.

Tip #5

Aerobic activities are very beneficial when living with chronic pain. Aside from cardiovascular health, aerobics stimulate endogenous opioid mechanisms to reduce pain. Be mindful of your range of motion and try not to exceed it.

Tip #6

Tai Chi is a martial art from China, which brings focus to the body, mind, and spirit through gentle movement. It is a process towards mindfulness, and, as with yoga, also builds strength, balance, and endurance.

Tip #7

Pilates was developed to strengthen the core muscles, and eradicates lower back pain. It is an exercise regimen that requires proper instruction. Be sure to get an instructor that is well qualified to teach Pilates. Doing the exercises improperly can worsen your level of chronic pain.

Tip #8

Light weight and strength training is beneficial because they strengthen the joint around the injury, reducing stress on the joint when in use. It is imperative to pace yourself, and if you have been sedentary, inject sit-ups or push-ups into the rotation to gain strength while avoiding injury.

The physicians at Louisiana Pain Specialists are dedicated to practicing pain medicine in a responsible manner that brings relief to those that are suffering, recognizing that an accurate diagnosis is crucial in order to alleviate the pain.

If you have chronic pain that is interfering with your daily activities, Louisiana Pain Specialists serves the Metro New Orleans area at five different locations: in Kenner at 231 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite B; in Metairie at 3434 Houma Boulevard, Suite 301; in New Orleans at 3439 Prytania Street, Suite 501; in New Orleans East at 5621 Read Boulevard; and in Marrero at 4520 Wichers Drive, Suite 205. While we participate in most insurance plans, our insurance specialist will confirm your coverage prior to attending your appointment. To make an appointment to learn how our physicians can alleviate your chronic pain, call (504) 267-1185. An appointment is required at all 5 locations, so join us at a location near you!

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