Whether suffering from long-term, chronic pain or dealing with the new, negative effects of a recent injury, the frustrations that accompany pain can change entire lifestyles. Beyond the physical effects of pain, the mental effects also can change a person’s personality and outlook. Knowing where to turn for diagnosis and treatment of pain can be as simple or complicated as the pain itself. You might know to head to the ER for a broken arm or leg, but do you know where to go when the injury is less obvious? Knowing your options is helpful when seeking professional help in Greater New Orleans. From specialists in pain and neurological care to specialists in orthopedics or even family medicine, you can rest assured there’s an expert in your illness or injury who’s ready to take on and solve your pain mystery.

Chronic Pain

Southern Pain & Neurological is happy to offer Superion Indirect Decompression System, a new, minimally invasive approach to treat lumbar stenosis that fits in the gap of treatment offerings between conservative care and invasive surgery. FDA approved and covered by Medicare, this outpatient treatment is especially helpful for older patients and those not able to tolerate more invasive laminectomy to treat significant limitation in walking or continuous standing. Clinical trials indicated 90% patient satisfaction through 60 months. Successful reduction in leg pain was rated at 75% for Superion, which was better than a laminectomy and for the same evaluation period.

Doctors Paul Hubbell, Barry Faust, and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain, especially stenosis and resultant claudication, creates a prison for patients, disabling them from an active lifestyle. The stress from the walking and standing pain negatively affects personalities and decreases freedom. If you are suffering from chronic pain, contact Southern Pain and find out if the Superion minimally invasive indirect decompression system or something else is right for you. For information and scheduling at the Metairie, Marrero and Covington office, please call 1-800-277-1265.

Resources for Children & Parents

Illnesses and injuries don’t follow a schedule, so it’s important to be close to medical care that’s available after hours. Children’s Hospital’s Virtual After Hours care allows parents access to Children’s Hospital care from wherever they are through a free app. Simply register online and receive face-to-face pediatric care from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Children’s Hospital is committed to providing each child with expert pediatric primary care. With 14 primary care clinics, two After Hours Clinics and the new Virtual After Hours Clinic, quality pediatric care from Children’s Hospital is within reach.

To register for Virtual After Hours care, visit chnola.org/VirtualAfterHours. To learn more about physicians and services offered through Children’s Hospital, visit chnola.org.