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Still Having Pain After Back Sugery? Aug 11th, 2022

Having back surgery to repair a herniated disc or treat a compression fracture may be effective at relieving chronic pain for many people, but some may still experience persistent post-surgical pain. The physicians and providers at Louisiana Pain Specialists are highly skilled in addressing back pain after surgery. We customize...

A Warning to Millions About Long-Term COVID Loss of Taste and Smell Jul 28th, 2022

More than a million Great Britains may already suffer long-term problems, with 45 million virus cases recorded up to April 2022. A study in the British Medical Journal estimates 5.6% of patients may never get their sense of smell back, while 4.4% lose their taste. It is common to lose...

"Tasting Again" - Louisiana Pain Specialists Curing Long COVID Symptoms on WDSU-NBC Jul 8th, 2022

During the primetime broadcast on July 6, 2022, Louisiana Pain Specialists was featured on WDSU-NBC to highlight our groundbreaking efforts in the treatment of long COVID symptoms. Anchored by Travers Mackel of WDSU, “Tasting Again” highlights the struggle of patients experiencing distorted taste and smell following COVID-19 infection, and how...

Louisiana Pain Specialists Among First in the US to Perform Stellate Ganglion Blocks for Long COVID Jun 14th, 2022

Louisiana Pain Specialists is proud to announce that we are among the first facilities in the United States and the first facility in Louisiana to perform stellate ganglion blocks to help provide relief from long COVID symptoms.  Roughly 40% of those that have recovered from COVID-19 are still facing viral-like...

Louisiana Pain Specialists, Dr. Erik Davis, and Neuropathic Pain May 27th, 2022

Our physicians love to educate patients both inside and outside the clinical setting. Dr. Davis recently sat down with The Truth About Neuropathy, a health education company that aims to bring public awareness about neuropathy and its treatments.  Check out the interview at the link below to learn more about...

Louisiana Pain Specialists Among First to Offer New Nondrug Therapy for Diabetic Neuropathy May 5th, 2022

What is Diabetic Neuropathy? Diabetic neuropathy, is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout the body. Diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in the legs and feet. Depending on the affected nerves, diabetic neuropathy symptoms include pain...

Dr. Erik Davis Named to MedEd's Physician Educator Advisory Board Apr 13th, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Erik Davis for recently being named to MedEd's Physician Educator Advisory Board!     What Is MedED?   MedEd Combine is bringing medical education into the 21st century through virtual reality and in-depth training experiences showing new procedures and techniques in the field of medicine. MedEd is...

Louisiana Pain Specialists In The Press Mar 16th, 2022

We are making media waves both near and far! Louisiana Pain Specialists and Crescent View Surgery recently became the first facility in the greater New Orleans area to utilitze the Aurora Zip Lumbar Fusion device. Because this is such an exciting new technology in the field of pain management, this...

Louisiana Pain Specialists Named Stella Center Partner Mar 4th, 2022

Louisiana Pain Specialists is proud to announce that we have partnered with The Stella Center, the leaders in trauma and PTSD treatment. As the 1st Stella partner in the greater New Orleans region and only the 2nd Stella in the entire Gulf Coast, Louisiana Pain Specialists is helping treat patients...

Dr. Suneil "Neil" Jolly Performs New Orleans' First Aurora ZIP Procedure Feb 14th, 2022

At Louisiana Pain Specialists, we are treating low back pain without surgery by offering our patients clinically proven treatments with quick recovery times. If you are among the millions of people suffering from chronic low back pain or leg pain resulting from a back problem, there is a promising new...

Dr. Eric Sterne and the Minuteman procedure by Spinal Simplicity Jan 24th, 2022

Louisiana Pain Specialists' Dr Eric Sterne is helping lead the way in the latest minimally-invasive therapies in the field of interventional pain management. He is proud to offer the Minuteman procedure by Spinal Simplicity to his patients who otherwise might have failed more traditional treatment options for their leg and...

Louisiana Pain Specialists and the New VIA DISC Procedure Jan 12th, 2022

Louisiana Pain Specialists is excited to become one of the very first interventional pain management practices in the Gulf Coast region to offer the new, clinically proven treatment option, VIA Disc, for low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease (DDD). We cannot wait to track our patients' success with...

Dr. Erik Davis of Louisiana Pain Specialists and DRG Therapy Jan 5th, 2022

Louisiana Pain Specialists is excited to announce that Dr. Erik Davis recently performed his first Abbott dorsal root ganglion (DRG) therapy trial at our practice! Having performed this procedure many times in the past, we are excited that Dr. Davis is bringing his skills and expertise to Louisiana Pain Specialists...

Louisiana Pain Specialists and Dorsal Root Ganglion Therapy for CRPS Dec 22nd, 2021

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a little-understood condition that usually causes symptoms in your arm or legs. It is a taxing pain condition which can cause issues like extreme sensitivity to touch, burning or throbbing pain, swelling in the painful area, and changes...

Louisiana Pain Specialists and Post-herpetic Neuralgia Treatment Dec 13th, 2021

What makes our providers at Louisiana Pain Specialists so unique is that they are willing to often dig deeper in the treatment toolbox to address our patients’ pain when other traditional therapies have failed.  While post-herpetic neuralgia pain is common, the providers at Louisiana Pain Specialists utilize unique therapies including...

Dr. Neil Jolly Named Vice Chair of Surgery at New Orleans East Hospital Dec 3rd, 2021

We are proud to announce the Louisiana Pain Specialists very own Dr. Suneil “Neil” Jolly has been named the Vice Chair of Surgery of New Orleans East Hospital (NOEH). In this role, Dr. Jolly will continue to help expand the services that the facility can offer with the goal of...

Dr. Erik Davis of Louisiana Pain Specialists and The Minuteman Procedure by Spinal Simplicity" Nov 19th, 2021

Louisiana Pain Specialists and Spinal Simplicity is proud to welcome to Dr. Erik Davis to the family! Dr. Davis recently performed the Minuteman by Spinal Simplicity procedure with tremendous results. Check out Mr. Ellis' patient testimonial on our YouTube Channel.  What is the Minuteman Procedure by Spinal Simplicity? Spinal Simplicity's...

Dr. Jolly and Louisiana Pain Specialists Vertiflex Success Stories Nov 9th, 2021

Take a closer and exciting look at Dr. Suneil “Neil” Jolly performing two Boston Scientific Vertiflex cases.  These two patients suffered from chronic leg pain due to a degenerative spine problem known as spinal stenosis. Both patients did excellent post-operatively and, several months later, they continue to report significant pain...

Dr. Jolly Honored at New Orleans City Business 2021 Health Care Heroes Ceremony Nov 2nd, 2021

Louisiana Pain Specialists is proud to announce that Dr. Suneil “Neil” Jolly has been awarded one of New Orleans City Business 2021 “Health Care Heroes” awards. Started in 2007, Health Care Heroes honors health care professionals in the New Orleans area in the following categories: first responders, nursing, physicians, professionals, and...

Dr. Sterne: Boston Scientific Vertiflex Procedure Oct 26th, 2021

Dr. Sterne Completes His First Boston Scientific Vertiflex Procedure! Every day the providers at Louisiana Pain Specialists move the needle forward in the treatment of chronic pain. We are proud to announce that Dr. Sterne completed his first Boston Scientific Vertiflex procedure for lumbar spinal stenosis last week!  With just...

Louisiana Pain Specialists and Therapeutic Marijuana Oct 19th, 2021

We Offer A Multi-Faceted Approach To Patient Care The providers at Louisiana Pain Specialists strive to employ a multi-faceted approach to treat our patients’ pain. We employ training, research, constant education to stay abreast on all advancements and developments for the treatment of chronic pain to best serve our patients’...

Patient Success Story with Spinal Simplicity’s Minuteman Procedure Oct 11th, 2021

Spinal Simplicity’s Minuteman Procedure While every day is rewarding for our providers as they help reduce their patients’ pain, there are some patient success stories that are too good to not share. Mr. Ellis has suffered from low back and leg pain for years. He tried everything from home exercises...

Louisiana Pain Specialists and Stellate Ganglion Blocks for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Oct 1st, 2021

Stellate Ganglion Blocks for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition that is triggered by a distressing event – either by witnessing it or experiencing it. Symptoms may include nightmares, flashbacks, and severe anxiety. These symptoms can prevent people from performing everyday activities and...

Louisiana Pain Specialists and Hurricane Ida Sep 11th, 2021

To Our Louisiana Family: From everyone at Louisiana Pain Specialists, we hope this finds you and your loved ones safe. We know that Hurricane Ida caused great loss for many of you, both personally and professionally. Our team has been working hard to continue patient care as seamlessly as possible...

Louisiana Pain Specialists and the Kyphoplasty Procedure Aug 13th, 2021

Vertebral Compression Fractures: Causes and Symptoms Vertebral compression fractures can be painful and debilitating. These fractures are collapsed vertebrae, usually in the thoracic (mid) or lumbar (low) regions of the spine and are often caused by osteoporosis. Osteoporosis erodes material from the bony vertebrae, making them susceptible to collapse when...

Louisiana Pain Specialists and Spinal Cord Stimulation Aug 3rd, 2021

Chronic back pain—generally defined as pain that lasts 12 weeks or more — is one of the leading causes of disability and lost time at work in the United States. Chronic low back pain is often linked to a lower perceived quality of life in affected patients. Diagnosis and treatment of...

Louisiana Pain Specialists and the Vertiflex Procedure for Spinal Stenosis Jul 26th, 2021

Louisiana Pain Specialists and the Vertiflex Procedure for Spinal Stenosis Louisiana Pain Specialists is proud to offer the most advanced therapies, treatments, and technologies to help treat our patients’ pain. Dr. Suneil “Neil” Jolly, Dr. Eric Sterne, and Dr. Erik Davis are among the few providers in the Gulf Coast...

Dr. Jolly Hosts Dorsal Root Ganglion Therapy Training Session Jul 15th, 2021

Dr. Suneil ‘Neil’ Jolly and the team at Louisiana Pain Specialists are passionate about teaching and they look forward to every opportunity to educate patients, colleagues, and other providers about pain management and the most cutting-edge treatment options. We believe that continued education is a crucial part of advancing medicine...

New Orleans CityBusiness Names Dr. Jolly a 2021 Healthcare Hero Jul 6th, 2021

Louisiana Pain Specialists is proud to announce that Dr. Suneil “Neil” Jolly has been awarded one of New Orleans City Business 2021 “Health Care Heroes” awards. Started in 2007, Health Care Heroes honors health care professionals in the New Orleans area in the following categories: first responders, nursing, physicians, professionals, and...

Louisiana Pain Specialists is proud to welcome Dr. Erik Davis Jun 28th, 2021

Louisiana Pain Specialists Welcomes Dr. Erik A. Davis After training outside of New Orleans for almost a decade, Dr. Erik Davis is proud to return to his hometown of New Orleans and to join the team at Louisiana Pain Specialists. Dr. Davis is fascinated by the challenge of medicine, the...

Dr. Suneil Neil Jolly and Louisiana Pain Specialists at LCMC Sports Medicine Annual Education Event Jun 18th, 2021

Dr. Suneil ‘Neil’ Jolly and Louisiana Pain Specialists at LCMC Sports Medicine Annual Education Event This month, at the invitation from David Gambel, Manager of Sports Medicine at LCMC, Dr. Suneil “Neil” Jolly and two of his midlevel providers at Louisiana Pain Specialists, Abigail Breland and Mia Trupiano, participated in an annual continuing...

Louisiana Pain Specialists and Boston Scientific Pain Management Summit Jun 9th, 2021

At Louisiana Pain Specialists, our providers are passionate about teaching. We believe that continued education is a crucial part of advancing medicine and technology. In May, Dr. Suneil “Neil” Jolly was part of a team of physicians that led breakout sessions at the Boston Scientific South Area Alpha Summit. This Summit was...

Louisiana Pain Specialists’ India COVID Relief Efforts May 27th, 2021

Louisiana Pain Specialists’ mission is not only to improve health outcomes in our community, but also it is our responsibility as healthcare providers and wellness advocates to develop a response to humanitarian and healthcare crises on a local, state, national, and global level. We must aim to recognize the devastating health gaps...

Spinal Simplicity’s Minuteman Procedure May 18th, 2021

Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly, and Louisiana Pain Specialists are at the forefront of treating chronic pain with the most innovative and cutting technology, while reducing the need for long-term opioid therapy. We are proud to announce that Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly, is now performing Spinal Simplicity’s Minuteman procedure to treat chronic low back...

LinQ SI Joint Stabilization System Mar 16th, 2021

DID YOU KNOW it is estimated that up to 30% of lower back pain is caused by SI Joint dysfunction? We are proud to announce Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly with Louisiana Pain Specialist is one of a select few physicians in our area currently offering the LinQ SI Joint Stabilization System by PainTeq. This minimally invasive surgical...

WaveWriter Alpha™ SCS System Feb 25th, 2021

On February 3, 2020, Dr. Suneil “Neil” Jolly became the first physician in Louisiana to implant a patient with the new Boston Scientific WaveWriter Alpha technology. Louisiana Pain Specialists, in conjunction with Crescent View Surgery Center, became the first facility to offer this new therapy that is aimed to provide...

Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion Feb 9th, 2021

What is the Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion Technique? The Sacroiliac Joint fusion is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The goal of the procedure is to relieve the pain coming from the SI joint. The SI Joint is the joint located between the sacrum and the ilium bones in the pelvis....

Common Types Of Chronic Pain Nov 3rd, 2020

The Most Common Types of Chronic Pain Everyone experiences occasional aches and pains. Some types of pain are important nervous systems reactions that help to alert the body of a possible injury. Most pain will heal and become less severe as the injury heals. However, if a pain continues for...

Cancer Pain Treatments Oct 7th, 2020

Facts About Cancer Pain If you have cancer, it does not mean that you will also have pain. However, if you do have pain, you can work with the Louisiana Pain Specialists team to make sure a pain relief plan is part of your care and treatment. Pain takes many...

Scoliosis: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments Sep 8th, 2020

What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine to one side. The curvature can be in any part of the spine, but it most commonly affects regions in the upper spine and lower spine. It most often will occur during the growth spurt just before puberty. Most cases...

Shingles And Pain Management Sep 7th, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 1 out of 3 people in the U.S. will get shingles during their lifetimes. While most people will get shingles only once, it is possible to get it a second or even a third time. The risk of getting...

The Opioid Crisis Is Not Over Aug 6th, 2020

Lately, it seems like we have stopped talking about the opioid crisis in our country. However, the current pandemic seems to have made the opioid crisis even worse. There are a couple of reasons for this development. Due to fear of COVID-19, a lot of people are putting off going...

The Dangers Of Not Dealing With Your Pain Jul 15th, 2020

When your body aches and you are experiencing pain, it is actually telling you something is wrong. Listen to it! If you have pain that lasts more than twelve weeks, it is not just a small bump or bruise that will go away, it is chronic pain. Long-lasting discomfort may indicate...

Benefits Of Botox For Chronic Migraine Pain Jul 15th, 2020

Excruciating chronic pain, especially from migraines, can have a huge impact on your life. Chronic pain and migraines can keep you from doing the things you enjoy in life including enjoying time with friends and family, working out, or going to the beach. Migraine headaches can vary in intensity and...

Pain Relief Does Not Have To Come In A Pill Jul 7th, 2020

Chronic pain can be debilitating for many people suffering from back pain, neck pain, and other serious pain. Pain relief pills have benefited some patients, but have also led to an opioid epidemic of pain pill abuse. Many healthcare providers are less willing to prescribe large doses of prescription painkillers,...

RACZ Procedure Jul 1st, 2020

What is the Epidurolysis or RACZ Procedure? The Epidurolyis or Racz Procedure is used to dissolve scar tissue around entrapped nerves in the epidural space of the spine allowing medications to reach the affected area(s). Scarring is commonly caused from bleeding in the Epidural space after back surgery and healing...

Cooled Radiofrequency (RF) Hip Denervation Jun 15th, 2020

Chronic Hip Joint Pain Chronic Hip Joint Pain is a common condition that impacts about 7% of men and 10% of women in individuals over the age of 45. According to Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly, “The causes of chronic hip pain can vary and include trauma such as hip fractures, dislocations,...

Low Back Pain Jun 9th, 2020

Low Back Pain: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments   Low back pain is one of the most common medical problems causing loss of physical activity. It is one of the leading reasons for people visiting a doctor affecting around 80% of adults at some point in their lives. The lower back...

Chronic Pancreatitis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments Jun 8th, 2020

What Is Chronic Pancreatitis? Chronic Pancreatitis is an inflammation in the pancreas that does not improve over time. The pancreas, an organ located behind the stomach, makes enzymes, or special proteins, that help with food digestion. It also produces hormones that control sugar levels in the bloodstream. Pancreatitis can occur...

Chronic Abdominal Pain: Causes & Treatments May 26th, 2020

What is Chronic Abdominal Pain? Chronic Abdominal pain is a stomach ache that is present for more than three months that can occur all the time or can come and go and is severe enough to hinder everyday activities. In most cases, abdominal pain is not serious and can get...

What Is Adhesiolysis? May 21st, 2020

What is abdominal adhesiolysis? Abdominal adhesiolysis is a type of surgery that removes adhesions from the abdomen. Adhesions are lumps or bands of scar tissue that form inside of the body and bind two parts of body tissue together that are not normally joined. The adhesions can cause pain because...

What Are Cluster Headaches? - 05.18.2020 May 18th, 2020

Cluster Headaches are extremely painful. They occur in clusters or in a cyclical period. Cluster Headaches normally affect one side of the head and the area around the eyes. Some people who suffer from Cluster Headaches will get a reddened eye on the affected side of the head and a...

Pain Scale: Help Your Doctor Understand You May 12th, 2020

It can be difficult for you to communicate your pain to your physician. Especially, if you are suffering from chronic pain, it can be difficult for people to understand your specific level of pain. You know how bad it is, but there are no tests, often, no outward signs –...

What Is Fibromyalgia? May 4th, 2020

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects your bones and muscles. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you will experience widespread pain all over your body. You may also have problems sleeping while still feeling tired all the time. The condition will make you more sensitive to pain. Other symptoms may include:...

What Is DRG Stimulation? Apr 20th, 2020

This brand new technology has made a significant difference in the treatment of chronic pain. Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulation therapy involves surgically placing a stimulator that targets the dorsal root ganglion to relieve pain of the lower limbs. Patients can use a hand-held iPod controller to change the stimulation...

Foot Pain Apr 14th, 2020

Foot pain can be very painful and disruptive to your daily life. It can be caused by an injury, overuse, arthritis, diabetes and more. If your feet are hurting, the pain can impact your daily activities. There are a variety of conditions that can cause foot pain. Below we take a...

Welcome Dr. Eric F. Sterne Apr 13th, 2020

We want to welcome Dr. Eric F. Sterne to the Louisiana Pain Specialists team. He will be joining us as a pain management specialist. Dr. Sterne went to Tulane University for undergraduate studies. After spending time in the Northeast, he returned to the New Orleans area to continue medical education...

Sinus Headaches & Allergies Apr 10th, 2020

Tree pollen is giving allergy sufferers a hard time right now and this is only the beginning of what promises to be a long allergy season here in the south. Sinus headaches are a common problem for those who suffer from allergies. Let’s take a take a closer look at...

What Is Phantom Pain? Apr 6th, 2020

Phantom pain, sometimes also referred to as ghost pain, is a type of pain that seems to originate from a part of a limb or an organ that is no longer part of the body. Some patients who had a leg or arm amputated say they can still feel pain...

Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly And The S.A.F.E. Initiative 2019 Apr 3rd, 2020

Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly And The S.A.F.E. Initiative Recently, Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly participated in another round table discussion regarding solutions to the opioid epidemic in New Orleans which has reached a wide-ranging demographics. During the discussion, Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly explained the S.A.F.E. Initiative to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Louisiana Attorney...

What Is A Heel Spur? Apr 1st, 2020

What is a Heel Spur? A heel spur is a foot condition that is caused by a calcium deposit that creates a bone-like growth on the underside of the heel bone. A heel spur often starts underneath the heel and can gradually affect other parts of the foot. It is...

What Causes Hip Pain? Apr 1st, 2020

What Causes Hip Pain? Are you experiencing hip pain? There are a variety of causes that can lead to this kind of pain. Lying on one side for a long time, hip overuse, muscle stiffness, sitting too long in an awkward position can all cause your hips to hurt. A...

What Is A Splanchnic Nerve Block? Apr 1st, 2020

A splanchnic nerve block is a minimally invasive treatment for individuals suffering from chronic abdominal pain that does not require surgery. It is an injection of medication that helps relieve upper abdominal pain, which is associated with patients who have pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, and other conditions that affect the gallbladder,...

What Is Arthritis? Mar 31st, 2020

Arthritis affects 54.4 million US adults, about 1 in 4, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. The...

Acute Headaches & Headache Causes Mar 25th, 2020

Acute Headaches What is an Acute Headache? An Acute Headache is a discomfort or pain that starts all of a sudden and then gets worse quickly. It can occur from stress or even from eating certain foods, and can happen every day up to several times a day. Common Types...

Telemedicine & Patient Care Mar 24th, 2020

At Louisiana Pain Specialists, your health is our priority. First and foremost, our thoughts are with everyone in our community who has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We understand how difficult these times are for our patients. To ensure the continued care for all our patients, the Louisiana Pain...

Coronavirus Outbreak: We Are Here For You Mar 17th, 2020

The Louisiana Pain Specialists Team is committed to the well-being of our patients and our staff. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, we are here for you and will continue to help and see our patients. We are staying vigilant, monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation. We are in regular contact with health...

Stay Pain Free This Carnival Season Jan 21st, 2020

The Carnival season is about to kick into high gear. Mardi Gras Day is on February 25th this year and major parades are about to start rolling. And that’s not all, there will be parties, balls and other gatherings as well. If you want to make it through the Carnival...

Avoid Back Pain This Holiday Season Dec 6th, 2019

The holidays can be a rather stressful time. Usually you tend to take care of everybody else, but not yourself. Here are a few tips on how you can stay pain free this holiday season. Plan Ahead Plan ahead and get an early start. Make sure to leave some extra...

Caring For Our Community: Rupa & Tarun Jolly Nov 24th, 2019

Our own, Dr. Tarun Jolly and his wife Dr. Rupa with other local philanthropists, chaired the New Orleans Museum Of Art’s (NOMA) Odyssey Ball on November 15th, 2019. The couple is actively involved with NOMA and has attended the Ball the previous 5 years. The Odyssey 2019: Mystère Louisiane celebrated...

Can High Heels Cause Back Pain? Oct 22nd, 2019

When you wear high heels, your lower back is arched more than normal because the body weight is pushed forward. The higher your heels are, the more you will arch your back. Spending hours with your body in this unnatural alignment can lead to muscle spasms and back pain. Tight...

What Is Pain Management? Aug 1st, 2019

What Is Pain Management? Pain management, or pain control, is a branch of medicine that uses an interdisciplinary approach to help people suffering from acute or chronic pain. A pain management team may include medical practitioners, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and nurses. Pain sometimes resolves promptly...

Dr. Jolly’s Hip Pain Treatment Research Jul 4th, 2019

Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly’s Hip Pain Treatment Research Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain physician. He joined Louisiana Pain Specialists in July 2016. He was born and raised in the New Orleans area before completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin with...

Louisiana Pain Specialists Revolutionize Pain Treatment Therapy In New Orleans Jun 20th, 2019

Did you know that the Louisiana Pain Specialists were the first to use a revolutionary device designed to relieve pain in patients suffering from chronic pain in New Orleans? The device called, St. Jude Medical Axium™ Neurostimulator System for dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation, has been implanted by Dr. Suneil...

Chronic Pain & Sleep Jun 11th, 2019

If you suffer from Chronic Pain, sleep can be a welcome reprieve…. However, many people have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep due to the chronic pain. Sleep helps to replenish the body’s energy reserves and heal from the day’s events. If you are not able to get enough quality sleep,...

What Is CBD Oil? Jun 11th, 2019

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is extracted from marijuana and hemp plants. These two sources vary in their genetic makeup. Marijuana plants contain a higher level of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the compound inside of marijuana that gets people “high.” CBD often comes from the cannabis plant known as hemp. Hemp...

We Can Help With Your Personal Injury Case Jun 3rd, 2019

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...

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? Mar 12th, 2019

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...

Cold Weather & Back Pain Feb 1st, 2019

When the weather gets colder, we tend to feel more aches and pains. There are some scientific reasons why we feel this way. If you are suffering from back pain, the colder temperatures can actually make your conditions worsen. The cold weather can cause muscles, tendons and ligaments, which support...

Can Hot Baths Lower Back Pain? Feb 1st, 2019

A hot bath can make you feel so much better. The warmth and buoyancy have relaxing and healing effects which are useful if you are suffering from injuries, pain, anxiety, and depression. Heating pads can have similar results; however, they do not compare to a warm bath which surrounds your...

Heat & Ice Therapy, Does It Work? Jan 23rd, 2019

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....

What Is A Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection? Dec 19th, 2018

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...

How You Can Get Through The Holidays Pain Free Nov 28th, 2018

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....

Why Do I Wake Up With Back Pain? Nov 8th, 2018

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...

Halloween Injuries And How To Prevent Them Oct 26th, 2018

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...

Can Pilates Help Prevent Back Pain Sep 24th, 2018

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,...

Bulging Disk vs. Herniated Disk Sep 24th, 2018

Bulging Disk vs. Herniated disk: What’s the difference? Back pain can be excruciating. If the pain is really bad, you might have a hard time figuring out what exactly is wrong. There are many different causes for back pain. Among the more common ones are a bulging or a herniated disk. The...

What is Arthritis, its cause, and treatments? Sep 24th, 2018

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...

What Are The Causes Of A Herniated Disc? Sep 24th, 2018

More than 3 million sufferers of herniated disc are treated annually in the United States.A herniated disc occurs when the gelatinous center of a spinal disc protrudes through a crack in the calcified exterior casing. Although some herniated discs have no symptoms, sufferers may experience in their legs, arms, feet,...

Tips For Exercising With Chronic Pain Sep 24th, 2018

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...

Chronic Hip Pain Sep 24th, 2018

A variety of problems can cause hip pain. If you experience chronic hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock, it is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are some...

Does a problem with your feet cause back pain? Apr 9th, 2018

The old adage is, when your feet hurt, your whole body will begin to hurt. Does a problem with your feet cause back pain? It is arguably true that problems with your feet can cause pain all over your body, especially your lower back. Every fiber of our bodies are...

Does stretching help with chronic pain? Apr 9th, 2018

When in chronic pain, it may seem impossible to stretch, but proper stretching exercises are far more beneficial than you think. First of all, you have to understand the source of the pain. For example, you might be suffering with chronic pain in your upper back and between your shoulders....

How to deal with chronic pain and a desk job Apr 9th, 2018

When you have a 9 to 5 job where you’re constantly sitting at a desk, chronic pain can really set in. Pain pills can cause drowsiness and brain fog in some instances. It’s difficult to do your job properly when you’re not alert and on task. What is the best...

What Are Cluster Headaches? Mar 28th, 2018

Most people have experienced a headache whether it is a pain behind the eyes or a pounding forehead. Some people suffer from periodic migraines, but have you ever heard of a Cluster Headache? What is a Cluster Headache? Cluster Headaches are a series of relatively short and sudden, extremely painful...

What is MultiWave Technology? Feb 14th, 2018

More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which can have a devastating impact on quality of life. Patients with pain sometimes experience a fluctuation in location, type and intensity of pain throughout the day or over time. The Precision Montage MRI SCS System from Boston Scientific allows patients...

Changing the Game on Pain: Spinal Cord Stimulation Jan 8th, 2018

Chronic pain affects 100 million Americans, more than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. The debilitating disease is the cause for 40 percent of work absences due to back pain, second only to the common cold (50 percent). Chronic pain costs the nation more than $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity expenses....

What Is A Herniated Disk? Dec 18th, 2017

A Herniated Disk occurs when there is a problem with one of the disks between the individual bones of the vertebrae. The disks are rubbery cushions between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack together to make your spine. When the outer layer of the disk weakens and the inner layer presses...

What Is A Trigger Point Injection Dec 18th, 2017

What is a Trigger Point Injection? What are its Benefits? A trigger point is an area within the muscle that contracts sending pain to other parts of the body. For example, referral pain in the neck may be the result of a trigger point in the back. The neck may...

Who knew pain relief could be so delicious? Dec 7th, 2017

What is a Trigger Point Injection? What are its Benefits? Pork Chops with Pear & Ginger Sauce Cook Time: 35 mins; 4 servingsNutrition: 274 calories; 8g fat In this recipe, pork chops are combined with a healthy pear and ginger sauce. During the saute process, vinegar and sugar are caramelized...

Spinal Cord Stimulation Helps Limit Opiod Use in Chronic Pain Patients Nov 29th, 2017

SPINAL CORD STIMULATION HELPS LIMIT OPIOID USE IN CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS, STUDY SUGGESTS Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) can help lower or stabilize opioid use among chronic pain patients, according to the results of a new study. With the large number of opioid prescriptions filled and opioid-related overdose deaths in the United, some SCS patients may...

TARGETING THE TRUTH: Do we have a Pain epidemic or an Opioid epidemic? Nov 8th, 2017

By: Dr. Neil Jolly at Louisiana Pain Specialists A recent article in the New York Times stated that drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. Not only is this an alarming fact, but trends show that the death toll from opioid overdoses...

What Happens When You Pull A Muscle? Nov 2nd, 2017

Also known as muscle strain and muscle tear, when a muscle is pulled, it refers to damage to a muscle and/or its tendon. Fibers of the muscle and/or tendon are torn causing injury to small blood vessels, with local bleeding or bruising, swelling, and pain resulting from the irritation of...

Surviving The Holidays With Pain Nov 1st, 2017

The holiday season offers opportunities to improve your health; but it can also intensify feelings of frustration and despair that come from dealing with chronic pain. At Louisiana Pain Specialists, we can’t promise a stress-free holiday season, but we have some helpful tips on how to handle this time of...

“A Joint Effort” Oct 25th, 2017

Collaborative Care Improves Pain Control For Knee Pain Dr. Russell Russo is an orthopedic surgeon in New Orleans who is fellowship trained in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Russell Russo is committed to providing the latest operative and non-operative treatments for all your orthopedic problems. Q: WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN?The...

COOLIEF – Non-Surgical Treatment For Relief of Chronic Back Pain Oct 19th, 2017

A new, non-invasive procedure could bring some relief for patients suffering from chronic knee pain and back pain, for whom surgery is not an option. The Physicians at Louisiana Pain Specialists are specially trained to properly diagnose and determine whether COOLIEF procedures are right for you. COOLIEF* is designed to treat chronic pain...

What Is A Pinched Nerve? Oct 19th, 2017

Have you ever experienced a tingling, numbness or weakness in the back of your leg? If you have ever felt this pain, you may have a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve occurs due to pressure applied to a nerve surrounding tissues like muscles, tendons, cartilage, or bones. This pressure affects...

Do You Crack Your Knuckles? Oct 12th, 2017

Although studies have been made on knuckle cracking, there is no definitive answer on whether or not it is bad for your knuckles. A 1990 study indicates that people who crack their knuckles are more likely to experience hand swelling and a lighter grip. However, the study does not provide...

How Can Bad Posture Cause Neck and Back Pain? Sep 12th, 2017

It’s with very good reason that your Mom told you to sit up straight and hold your shoulders back. She wanted you to sit and stand with good posture. Whether we like it or not, Mother was right. Bad posture can cause neck and back pain, which can be avoided...

Louisiana Pain Specialists: What We Offer Our Patients Sep 12th, 2017

At Louisiana Pain Specialists, our expertise lies in resolutely determining the source of your chronic pain and follow the appropriate treatment protocol to relieve you of your burden. After all, if you’re living with chronic pain, you cannot live your life well and life passes you by. Our patients come...

What is Lupus? Jul 7th, 2017

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system attacks healthy cells and tissue in your body. Normal immune systems don’t attack healthy cells; they attack foreign things that shouldn’t be there. Lupus can cause damage to several parts of your body, including: Skin Kidneys Heart Lungs Blood vessels...

Spinal Cord Stimulation For Failed Back Surgery Patients Jun 23rd, 2017

Have you or someone you love had back surgery, and then ended up with failed back surgery syndrome? Failed back surgery syndrome is a term that’s used to describe patients who did not see any pain relief after having back surgery. In these cases, there are other options patients can...

Can Injections For Knee Pain Help Patients Jun 2nd, 2017

When you have knee pain, doctors will typically try oral medications and other forms of therapy before recommending surgery or other options. Some options that are beyond oral medication but not as intense as surgery are knee injections. What kind of knee injections are available? Here are the three knee injection...

What Are The Signs Of Fibromyalgia? May 19th, 2017

Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal syndrome, aside from osteoarthritis. Even though more than 12 million Americans suffer from the painful condition, it is still frequently misdiagnosed and often misunderstood. It’s so painful that it often leads to social isolation and deep depression. It’s a chronic disorder that includes widespread...

Is My Hand Pain From Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Or Something Else? May 5th, 2017

Do you ever wake up with a numb or tingly hand? You’re not alone. Most people have. But does that numbness or tingly feeling return frequently? It could be a big problem that requires a doctor to diagnose and treat it. There are three key causes for numbness and pain in...

Should You Be Worried About Your Neck Cracking? Apr 28th, 2017

Crack! There it goes again. You tilted your head quickly when a coworker yelled your name, and your neck just cracked out of nowhere. What was that? Why does your neck randomly crack? And – should you be concerned? The good news is that most of the time, the cracking...

How To Describe Your Sciatic Pain To Family And Friends Apr 21st, 2017

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been dealing with those shooting pains in your lower back, butt and legs, it’s still hard to correctly describe to your friends and family just what kind of pain you are experiencing when you have sciatica. It’s also hard for your friends and family to...

5 Things You Should Know About Chronic Pain Apr 14th, 2017

When you suffer from chronic pain of any kind, sometimes it’s hard for your friends, your family and even you to fully understand exactly what it is you’re going through. That’s why it’s so important that you remember these five things. You can also share this knowledge with your friends and family...

Ice V. Heat: Which Is Better For Pain? Apr 7th, 2017

We hear a lot about applying ice and heat to injuries. Both have pain-reducing qualities, but which is better for chronic pain? As it turns out, it just depends on the type of injury you have. When should you use ice? Researchers have found that ice is better for the following: Sports...

What Is A Slipped Disc? Mar 24th, 2017

You might have heard the term “slipped disk” before (sounds painful!), but what exactly is it? What is a slipped disk? A slipped disk happens when the soft inner part of the disk sticks out through the outer ring. You’re more likely to have a slipped disk if you’re an...

Why Painkillers Can Sometimes Increase Chronic Pain Mar 10th, 2017

Opioid addiction is an epidemic in the United States, having killed an estimated 14,000 people in 2014 alone. It’s a crisis so severe that doctors and pharmacists are constantly raising the standards on which patients can receive opioid medications. They are also heavily regulating how much medication you can be...

The Importance Of Good Posture Mar 3rd, 2017

Do you remember your mom always telling you to sit up straight? Do you look back now and wonder why you never listened? Good posture – or how you hold your body up while sitting and standing – is important for so many reasons, including proper spine function, increased mobility and...

Chronic Intractable Pain Feb 24th, 2017

Louisiana Pain Specialists Become the First in New Orleans to Use New Treatment Therapy for Patients Suffering from Chronic Intractable Pain JANUARY 27, 2017 – Louisiana Pain Specialists is the first facility in New Orleans to use a new neurostimulation device designed to relieve the sensation of pain in patients...

6 Sleeping Tips For People With Chronic Pain Feb 17th, 2017

For people who live with chronic pain, getting a good night’s sleep is no small feat. Most people who live with chronic pain get less sleep than those who don’t. To make matters worse, when you don’t get enough rest, your pain levels can increase. It’s a vicious cycle for people...

What Is Sciatica And How Is It Treated? Feb 10th, 2017

Sciatica is a painful condition caused by a pinched nerve in your lower back. Although the pinched nerve is on either side of the spine, the most painful part is in your legs, where the nerves run. Sometimes, the pain isn’t severe at all, but often, experts say, it’s unbearable. Sciatica...

Is My Pain Caused By A Pinched Nerve Or A Herniated Disk? Feb 3rd, 2017

Do you have pain in your neck and back and wonder whether you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc? Pinched nerves and herniated discs are two of the most common things people reference when they say they have chronic pain in their necks and back. But which one do you...

A Guide To Understanding Kyphoplasty Jan 27th, 2017

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery that inserts a special cement into your vertebrae – while also creating space for the treatment using a balloon-like tool. Kyphoplasty is often recommended for patients with vertebrae that are damaged from cancer, spinal fractures or other spinal injuries. Often, the surgery is done for...

Homecoming: Dr. Neil Jolly Returns To New Orleans To Join His Brother At Louisiana Pain Specialists Jul 18th, 2016

While ‘family practice’ is an established field in its own right, in many respects medicine is always a family affair. No matter whether we’re young or old, the treatment of medical conditions can affect our whole families, frequently having implications beyond just the patient themselves. At Louisiana Pain Specialists, however,...

Top 10 Tools for Managing Chronic Pain – Louisiana Pain Specialists Jul 15th, 2016

The Toolbox Strategy By Dr. Mark Skellie, Psy. D. If you’ve seen my previous articles, I’m committed to people living with chronic pain to develop a toolbox strategy for coping. The toolbox strategy is really simple: If you have a range of different ways to cope with pain, stress, or...

Chronic Osteoarthritis Of The Knee: What You Should Know May 11th, 2016

Chronic osteoarthritis (OA) pain of the knee is often not effectively managed with current non-pharmacological or pharmacological treatments. Radiofrequency (RF) neurotomy is a therapeutic alternative for chronic pain. Chronic knee osteoarthritis (OA) is the deterioration of articular cartilage and is one of the most common diseases of aging. Millions of...

Fight Chronic Pain Through The Foods You Eat Apr 22nd, 2016

Chronic pain is a condition that a lot of people suffer from. Chronic pain is defined as nerve or muscle pain that lasts for over six months, chronic pain can affect the back, shoulders, pelvis, knees, head and other parts of the body. In common cases, chronic pain usually begins...

Pain and Weight Gain Are Closely Related Apr 18th, 2016

Pain and weight gain are closely related. Carrying excess weight causes a number of health-related issues. Additional pressure on your joints and difficulties with your heart are just a few of these problems. There are few benefits to increasing your numbers on the scale. Gaining weight slowly may allow your...

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Grape Vinaigrette Recipe Mar 7th, 2016

A healthy dish with a history By Caroline Woolsey Ingredients:Salad: 1 lb. brussels sprouts, shaved using a mandoline or shredded with a sharp knife 1 bunch red grapes, rinsed 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 sup walnuts, chopped  Vinaigrette Dressing: 2 cups red grapes, rinsed 1 tbsp. honey 1 tbsp....

Foods That Help Ease Pain Jan 27th, 2016

Pain – something that no one wants to experience even once, let alone daily; and yet chronic pain is not uncommon. The Chronic Pain Association estimates that 50 million Americans endure chronic pain on a daily basis. Whether you suffer from Fibromyalgia Arthritis or a Sports Injury, pain from the...

At Home Salmon & Asparagus Spring Rolls Jan 16th, 2016

Ingredients24 thick or 36 thin asparagus spears2 3- to 4-ounce packages smoked wild salmon12 8-inch rice-paper wrappers (see Notes)1 ripe avocado, cut into 24 slices1 cup shredded carrot1/2 cup chopped basil 1/2 cup fresh mint Dipping Sauce1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce2 tablespoons orange juice2 tablespoons lemon juice2 tablespoons mirin (see...

A New Treatment For Chronic Knee Pain Nov 24th, 2015

A Solution for Providers and Patients Chronic knee pain is a very common complaint in the United States. The typical conservative treatments for knee pain are physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medicines. The next step in treatment can call for injections, with steroids or viscosupplementation such as Synvisc/Euflexa treatment, along...

National Stress Awareness Day Nov 4th, 2015

November 4th is National Stress Awareness Day. Stress can be the cause of Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Muscle Tension. Here are some effective steps for managing stress and anxiety. Have you ever been in a situation that brought on sweats, rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath? You probably weren’t having...

Regain Control and Mastery of Your Thinking Oct 5th, 2015

Here is a preview of the feature article in Louisiana Pain Quarterly’s Fall/Winter issue. Most people living with chronic pain have heard the statement, “It’s all in your head” either directly or implied from a member of your healthcare team, friends, or family. This statement typically makes individuals with chronic...

September Happenings Sep 4th, 2015

Saints fans, the season is here!Our boys in black and gold will be taking on the Arizona Cardinals on September 13 in Glendale, Arizona. The first regular season home game takes place on Sept. 20 against division rivals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The September football schedule ends with the Saints taking...

Making Friends With Your Pain Jul 10th, 2015

(This is a strategy to challenge dysfunctional thinking and hopefully develop a more open relationship with your pain. Learning ways to relax your body with deep breathing or other skills is only one part of the overall strategy. Another powerful tool is to fine tune your mind with thought experiments...

Chronic Pain And Social Isolation: Coping Skills For The Psychological Effects Of Pain Jul 3rd, 2015

By Dr. Mark Skellie Chronic pain has many faces and a multitude of ways that it deeply affects those living with daily pain. One of the most insidious and powerfully distressing ways that chronic pain changes a person’s life is the tendency towards isolation when pain comes calling. People often...

An Overview of Neck Pain Jun 19th, 2015

Most people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives, and roughly 10 percent of the world’s population experiences neck pain each year. The spine is divided into three parts: lumbar (lower); thoracic (middle) and the cervical area, which includes the first 10 vertebra of the spine. This...

Meet Our New Practice Manager Daphne Augillard-Dowden Jun 5th, 2015

Meet our new practice manager, Daphne Augillard-Dowden! Daphne is a New Orleans native who graduated from University of New Orleans with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. She then went on to graduate from Delgado with an associate of applied sciences degree, concentrating in accounting. She worked in...

Considering the Mind May 21st, 2015

The concept of “mindfulness” has and aggravating chronic pain. The last thing you want recently become popular, yet it is often misunderstood, particularly when applied to individuals living with chronic pain. Mindfulness is the process of paying attention moment-to-moment with purpose but without judgment, trying to look at things from...

The Mopho Som Tam Apr 30th, 2015

Ingredients: For the vinaigrette 3 each Louisiana dried shrimp, lightly toasted in a hot pan 3 cloves garlic, peeled 1 tablespoon shaved palm sugar 5 slices of Thai chili 1⁄2 cup tamarind water (1 tablespoon tamarind paste warmed with 2 cups of water and then strained) 2 tablespoons fish sauce 2 limes,...

Surviving The Holidays With Painnew Developments In The Understanding Of Fibromyalgia Nov 17th, 2014

Those with fibromyalgia suffer from chronic muscle pain throughout the body, in addition to pain due to touch or pressure, and tender points in specific areas of the body. The disorder is also associated with fatigue, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and headaches. More than 5 million people in the United...

Back Pain: Is Surgery The Answer? Nov 10th, 2014

When suffering from severe, chronic low back pain, it is understandable that many people would think that an extreme pain requires an extreme answer: back surgery. While surgery is often called for in cases of deformity or trauma, in cases of chronic pain, whether or not to pursue surgery can...

Art Therapy For Pain Nov 3rd, 2014

The creation of art, in the form of art therapy, is gaining legitimacy as a treatment for chronic pain. Art therapy is a type of mental health treatment in which clients are facilitated by an art therapist in using art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore...

Deep Breathing Nov 1st, 2014

When pre-historic humans were in danger of attack, their muscles tensed and their breathing became rapid and shallow as they prepared to fight or flee. This high level of tension was and is helpful in preparing for optimal performance. Today, the causes of stress are different and quite varied. Modern...

Good Eggs Frittata Nov 1st, 2014

Frittatas are a quick and healthy way to start the day. They’re also a great way to clear out (and enjoy) any lingering vegetables from the back of your fridge! Simply saute some veggies, pour in some beaten eggs, cook on the stove-top and then finish it off under the...

Creating Happy Holidays Nov 1st, 2014

Coping with Stress and Chronic Pain during the Holiday Season By Dr. Mark Skellie, Psy.D. “Stress” is a term that is frequently used and sometimes overused by people, because we tend to live highly stressed lives. As defined by engineers, stress is pressure or tension from force applied to a...

Happenings This Quarter – Winter 2014/2105 Nov 1st, 2014

November The 7th Annual New Orleans Fringe Festival is a weird, wacky, and avantgarde fall diversion! Happening November 19-23, Fringe Festival will be host to over 300 shows featuring over 70 theater groups in 30 venues, including a beautiful old church, a former funeral home, and a retired firehouse. nofringe.org If...

Announcing New Partnership With Tulane Hospital Nov 1st, 2014

Louisiana Pain Specialists is proud to begin its partnership with the Tulane Medical Center, which has been a cornerstone of New Orleans healthcare since 1834. Louisiana Pain Specialists will be bringing expertise in pain management and an outstanding level of patient care to the Neurosurgery and Spine Center at Tulane...

Four Tips For Holiday Travel With Chronic Pain Nov 1st, 2014

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and Christmas close behind, many Americans are starting to figure out and set their holiday travel plans. Whether it’s your turn to travel to the in-laws just a few hours drive away, or you are flying across the country to see the grandkids on the opposite...

This Month's Theater Production Numb Explores the History of Pain Medicine Oct 27th, 2014

Although it might not seem that pain and the arts have much in common, the two can sometimes reflect one another. Art can be a utilized as a treatment or method of self-expression for those in pain, and pain can be a subject for art. Pain comes together with a...

What's Gender Got To Do With It? Oct 20th, 2014

It turns out that gender has a lot to do with pain. Medical research has identified significant differences between the sexes, both in the likelihood of getting a painful condition and the experience of pain. In her new book A Nation in Pain, health columnist Judy Foreman devotes an entire...

Taking A Stand For Your Health Oct 13th, 2014

Most people know that prolonged sitting can be detrimental to your health, but you don’t necessarily have to become an athlete, or, according to a recent report, even move around much to achieve health benefits. In last week’s article ‘Sit Less, Live Longer?‘, Gretchen Reynolds of The New York Times...

What Is A Pain Doctor? Sep 5th, 2014

Whether you are already under treatment for chronic pain with a pain doctor, have recently received a referral from your primary care doctor to a pain doctor, or are experiencing pain that you think may need to be managed by a specialist, you may be wondering what qualifies someone to...

Louisiana Among States With The Highest Number Of Painkiller Prescriptions Per Person Aug 29th, 2014

In July, the CDC released a report highlighting the difference in painkiller prescriptions per person by state, and Louisiana didn’t fare well. According to the report, Louisiana is one of the 13 states with the highest number of painkiller prescriptions (96 to 143 prescriptions per 100 people); much higher than...

Tighter Regulations Coming On Certain Painkillers Aug 15th, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reports today that access to the most commonly prescribed painkillers in the U.S. will soon be more tightly regulated. Hydrocodone combination drugs such as Vicodin will be reclassified into the category of medical substances that are most likely to cause harm. This means that patients will be...

Foods For Pain Management Aug 8th, 2014

Eating a wide variety of healthy foods provides a good foundation for improving overall health and combating illness. A balanced, nutrient rich diet is a key component of managing any health issue, including chronic pain. According to the CDC, (cdc.gov/healthyweight) a balanced diet means: Centering meals on fruits, vegetables, and...

A Winning Diversion Aug 2nd, 2014

The benefits of being a sports fan for those with chronic pain By Lucey Wright, M.S. It’s the start of Saints season (otherwise known as football season) and the weather is soon to cool down, which means that many New Orleanians are beginning to give up their summer heat hibernation...

Recipe – Crawfish Alfredo by Tyler Dugas Aug 2nd, 2014

Tyler Dugas is a 15 year-old culinary student in his second year at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). He has cooked at a wide variety of local events including French Quarter Fest, Boudin Bourbon & Beer Fest, and JazzFest. Tyler loves the pressure of the kitchen and...

Considering The Mind - 08.02.2014 Aug 2nd, 2014

Dr. Mark Skellie, Psy.D., provides insight on the mental health services he offers patients of Louisiana Pain Specialists and on coping with chronic pain By Lucey Wright, M.S. Dr. Mark Skellie has a profound and distinctive understanding of pain. While the physicians at Louisiana Pain Specialists focus on the physical...

Implant New Spinal Cord Stimulation Device Jul 23rd, 2014

Louisiana Pain Specialists Becomes First in Southeast Louisiana to Implant New Spinal Cord Stimulation Device Dr. Nomen Azeem with Louisiana Pain Specialists is the first in Southeast Louisiana to implant the Protégé™ IPG, the world’s first and only neurostimulation system that allows technology upgrades as they are approved to be...

Age-related Back Pain Can Strike Sooner Than You Think Jul 17th, 2014

According to the National Institute of Health, many people have their first significant back pain episode between the age of 30 and 40. You read that correctly: age-related back pain can strike as young as 30 years old! In fact, back pain is the leading cause of disability for American...

Need A Legitimate Excuse To Get Out Of Helping A Friend Move? Jul 17th, 2014

Let Louisiana Pain Specialists help! It’s fully summer in South Louisiana, with its hot, muggy days and afternoon thunderstorms. Maybe it’s just the time of year, or maybe it’s the improved housing market, but it seems like a lot of people are moving these days. And that means the dreaded...

Leveling Up Jul 17th, 2014

How Mid-Level Practitioners participate in a Team-Based Approach to Pain Management– By Lucey Wright, M.S. Suzanne Lancaster’s interest in nursing started young, as a little girl growing up in a small town near Monroe, Louisiana. “I knew I wanted to go into a profession that helped people. My mother encouraged...

Happenings Spring/Summer Quarter 2014 May 1st, 2014

May May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Scientific evidence has strongly demonstrated that it is safe for almost everyone to do moderate intensity physical activity, so take advantage of May’s beautiful weather and get active! Bayou Boogaloo and Greek Fest happen this month, so boogying at the Boogaloo...

10-Minute Blackened Tilapia May 1st, 2014

This is a fantastic “go-to” recipe when you need a quick, flavorful and healthy meal. If you love it as much as we do you’ll want to make it again and again. If this is the case, mix up a much larger batch of blackening powder. Having it premade will...

At The Forefront Apr 30th, 2014

Louisiana Pain Specialists’ newest physician and Director of Neuromodulation, Dr. Nomen Azeem offers advanced techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of pain– By Lucey Wright, M.S. On the cutting edge of pain management, Louisiana Pain Specialists’ newest physician and Director of Neuromodulation, Dr. Nomen Azeem offers advanced training and a holistic perspective....

The Bottom Line Jan 1st, 2014

There comes a moment in a person’s life, when they find themselves standing in a pharmacy holding an enema in one hand and a bottle of stool softener in the other. The question that runs through their mind is often about how they got to that particular place in time...

East Meets West Jan 1st, 2014

Acupuncture and Pain Medicine Combine for Pain Relief In 1986, Cole Young was a strong 21-year-old man with a solid career in construction. His career was brought to an abrupt halt when the ladder he was standing on fell apart beneath him while he was working 30 feet in the...