Health & Fitness
It’s January—a time to look back on the previous year’s health goals and assess your progress. The new year brings an opportunity to start again at tackling last year’s unfinished business or newly targeting additional aspects of your health. From finally treating that lingering joint pain to scheduling a recommended screening or quitting smoking, now’s the time to cast off last year’s reluctance and take your health by the reins. The pandemic may have kept you from seeing your primary care physician for an annual wellness exam—don’t let your health suffer any longer form inattention. Emerging vaccines may offer the perfect excuse you needed to give your physician a call. The following healthcare resources, treatments, and trials could benefit you or someone you love in 2021. Take a look and take on the challenge of a healthier, more fit you.
Southern Pain & Neurological
3348 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite A, Metairie
At Southern Pain & Neurological, Doctors Paul Hubbell and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain creates a prison for patients. Low back pain is one of the most common sources of pain, and 15-25 percent of people with low back pain actually have SI joint dysfunction. The minimally invasive PsiF System allows your doctor to stabilize your SI joint. The procedure is done through a small incision and typically takes less than thirty minutes. Patient testimonials have demonstrated that this treatment improved pain, patient function, and quality of life. Schedule a consultation today if you are experiencing low back pain, sciatic-like pain, hip/pelvis/groin pain, stiffness, leg instability, disturbed sitting and sleeping, and pain when active or lying on one side.
If you are experiencing continued knee issues following a previous cartilage injury, you may be a good candidate for Aesculap Biologics’ Phase 3 clinical trial for NOVOCART® 3D, a tissue engineered cell-based product designed to repair articular cartilage defects of the knee. Exciting advances in cellular research focus on regenerative medicine, which encourages the body to repair damaged or diseased tissue by recreating and integrating new tissue in the place of old. Using a combination of cells and smart biomaterial devices, Aesculap Biologics’ products may stimulate and support the synthesis of new tissue and enhance the body’s own regenerative power. To learn more and potentially join the NOVOCART® 3D clinical trial, visit aesculapbiologics.com/en/patients.html.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
5525 Reitz Ave. Baton Rouge, LA
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is devoted to its mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay on top of your healthcare, especially if you’re over 60 or have a long-term condition like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Getting your annual wellness visit is a great opportunity to talk to your primary care provider about any health concerns you have. If you’ve been putting off needed care because of COVID-19, call your primary care provider today to make an appointment. For more on keeping up with care, visit bcbsla.com/keepupwithcare.
Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS)
2633 Napoleon Avenue Ste. 500, New Orleans
1901 Manhattan Blvd, Bldg A, Ste. 200, Harvey
Smoking is the largest preventable risk factor of cardiovascular disease. Eliminating the use of tobacco dramatically reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and lung disease. Commit To Quit at CIS combines medical evaluations, medications (both prescription and nicotine replacement) and supportive counseling sessions (both individually and as a group). Some of these services may be available to Louisiana residents free of charge through benefits of the Louisiana Smoking Cessation Trust. CIS works with each patient individually on a personalized quit plan. To learn more about the program, call 1-877-288-0011 or visit cardio.com/tobacco-free.