primary care physician is an invaluable go-to resource for general health and wellness guidance, but when a complex issue arises, it may be time to seek a specialist. Whether referred by your primary care physician or sought on your own, specialists who offer focused care in specific treatment areas may be able to share the latest research and technologies available for treating whatever complex condition you’re facing. If you’re experiencing chronic back pain or are battling heart disease, Greater New Orleans specialists may be able to offer help. If you don’t know where to begin, have a discussion with your primary care physician and explore what regional specialists have to offer in the ways of diagnosis and treatment. 

Back Pain

Southern Pain & Neurological

For those with degenerative disc disease, back pain is an unfortunate part of everyday life. At Southern Pain & Neurological, Doctors Paul Hubbell and Donald Richardson have introduced new technology that has proven effective in clinical trials at repairing degenerative discs and increasing function. A non-surgical, cutting-edge technology, VIA DISC is an injection that uses allogeneic tissue and micronized disc material to reverse disc damage from the inside out and thereby reduce pain.

Until now, there was no way to repair damage caused by degenerative disc disease. The VIA Disc procedure is performed under local anesthesia or sedation, under the guidance of your doctor, via fluoroscopy. Computer images provide live-action visuals during the procedure allowing the doctor to see exact needle placement. The needle is then inserted into the center of the intervertebral disc.

To learn more about degenerative disc disease, VIA Disc, and Southern Pain & Neurological, call 1-800-277-1265.

Cardiovascular Care

Thibodaux Regional Heart & Vascular Center

Thibodaux Regional’s Heart & Vascular Center, located in Lafourche Parish, provides comprehensive cardiovascular care, including education, prevention and screening programs, a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab, heart and vascular surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, home health, and WellFit Cardiovascular Care. Combining expertise and the best cardiovascular imaging equipment in the region, the heart team at Thibodaux Regional provides the best possible care in the fight against heart disease and other cardiovascular ailments.

Thibodaux Regional is one of only two hospitals in Louisiana to be named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health for high performance in delivering the best quality and most efficient cost-effective heart and vascular care. Call 985-493-4326 for more information, or visit