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Chronic Pain Management New Orleans LA

Local resource for chronic pain management in New Orleans, LA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to chronic pain management, pain management, pain treatment centers, as well as information on pain management services, and content on pain.

American Chiropractic Clinic
(504) 419-8962
3140 Garden Oaks Dr
New Orleans, LA
Promotion
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Hours
Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Traction Therapy, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Decompression Therapy, Disc Herniation Treatment, Emergency Chiropractic Care, Flexion-Distraction Therapy, Mobile Chiropractic Care, Pain Management, Personal Injury

Robert L Fortier Bensen, MD
(228) 897-2337
301 S Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Nutrition
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Tammany Parish Hosp, Covington, La; Northshore Reg Med Ctr, Slidell, La; Memorial Hospital At Gulfport, Gulfport, Ms; Gulf Coast Comm Hosp, Biloxi, Ms
Group Practice: Center For Functional Medicine

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James Malcolm Dyess, MD
(504) 368-3100
17 Westbank Expy Ste 7
Gretna, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1996

Data Provided By:
Jeffrey Andrew Borchardt, MD
(504) 391-5157
252 Walnut St
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1984

Data Provided By:
Norbert Louis Ming, MD
(504) 899-0500
3600 Saint Charles Ave Ste 100
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1979

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Louisiana Chiropractic Ctr
(504) 270-1957
2325 Severn Ave
Metairie, LA
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Emergency Chiropractic Care, Mobile Chiropractic Care, Pediatric Chiropractic, Personal Injury

Melvin Charles Gitlin, MD
(504) 988-5068
1461 Webster St
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1973

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Carlos V. Kronberger
(504) 361-3511
3520 General DeGaulle Drive
New Orleans, LA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Couples Psychotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
German,Spanish
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Teachers College, Columbia University
Credentialed Since: 1991-02-08

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Edwin Grant Hyde, MD
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1961

Data Provided By:
James Michael Riopelle, MD
(504) 568-2815
13201 Patterson Rd
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Med Ctr Of Louisiana New Orlea, New Orleans, La
Group Practice: Lsu Healthcare Network

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Chronic Pain

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Definition of Chronic Pain…

Pain is classified as acute or chronic, based on its duration.  is defined as pain lasting 3-6 months or more.  Acute pain usually is caused by injury or trauma, and it stops once the injury is healed. The two must be treated differently.  With chronic pain, the pain itself is the disease, and it does not respond to such standard therapies as surgery, medication, or bed rest.

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial mishap -- sprained back, serious infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain -- arthritis, cancer, ear infection, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself), psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).

One of the most common causes of chronic pain is osteoarthritis, an age-related process of wear-and-tear in the joints. Chronic and cancer pain can be made worse by conditions resulting from the experience of the pain itself: emotional and muscular tension, misuse of drugs, inactivity or overactivity, and chronic depression.

It has been estimated several years ago by various associations and groups in the field that 80 million Americans suffer from chronic pain (from persistent backaches, migraines, repetitive stress injuries, cancer pain, etc.).  This estimate is wildly inflated, in Marketdata’s opinion, and requires clarification.  Indeed, when one adds up the various conditions individually, the number of sufferers does reach 130+ million.  But, many people suffer from multiple conditions and a substantial amount of overlap or duplication occurs.  In addition, most people are able to function with their pain, and are not totally disabled.  The true, unduplicated figure is probably in the range of 19-30 million, based on Gallup Poll data from 1999 and the estimated share suffering from pain, cited in that report.

Chronic back pain sufferers are estimated to comprise the bulk of pain clinic patients--about 55%.  Other conditions may include: chronic irritable bowel syndrome, temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome (where jaw-clamping or tooth grinding may cause severe head and facial pain), migraine headaches, cancer pain, neuropathic and myofascial pain, stress-related disorders, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome (r...

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Implanted Pumps & Spinal Cord Manipulators

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) relieves chronic pain by electrically stimulating the spinal cord.  The low voltage stimulation, produced by a specialized device such as the Medtronic or the Quest ANS stimulators, apparently closes a “gate” in the substantia gelatinosa of the spinal cord, effectively preventing transmission of specific pain signals to the brain.

Intraspinal drug infusion employs an infusion device, such as the Medtronic or the Arrow implantable pumps, to internally administer the opioid morphine into the intrathecal or epidural spaces of the spinal column.  It often reduces many of the side effects (nausea) associated with oral drug administration. Morphine, which binds to neuro-receptors to inhibit the transmission of pain signals, has historically been one of the most important drugs used for treating pain. 

Both SCS and intraspinal drug infusion are implantable therapies—in one a pulse generator is implanted with a small wire to deliver electrical impulses; in the other a drug pump is implanted with a small-diameter tube to precisely deliver controlled doses of medication.

The ideal patient for an implantable treatment is one who has not responded well to more conservative therapies, but who experiences a significant amount of pain relief in a test of SCS or intraspinal drug infusion.  SCS is often used with patients who have damage to the nerves--for instance, continued pain following back surgery.  Intraspinal drug infusion is used primarily for patients with severe side effects to oral pain medications, or for cancer pain.

Because both devices are externally programmed, readjustment is easy and noninvasive.  A patient with intraspinal drug infusion returns every 20 to 90 days, depending on medication and dosage requirement, for the pump to be refilled with the drug.  Refilling is done through the skin with a hypodermic syringe.  The batteries that power the...

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