Chronic Pain Management for Seniors Gretna LA

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American Chiropractic Clinic
(504) 419-8962
3140 Garden Oaks Dr
New Orleans, LA
Promotion
Just ask for a free consultation ($35 value) at the American Chiropractic Clinic. Our Doctors are glad to speak with you about your health concerns before you decide to initiate care. Choose your doctor wisely!
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

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

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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

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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

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What to Do About Chronic Pain in Older Adults

When you're younger, it may be easier to shrug off pain or work through it. The old expression, No pain, no gain is the mantra of many athletes. But as we get older, pain has a way of getting us down faster and keeping us there longer. We don't bounce back like we used to. This is especially true when pain is present.

Older adults often find that managing the chores and activities of daily life are a challenge enough without pain being added to the mix. Suddenly, making a cup of tea can become impossible -- much less preparing a nutritious meal. Sleep is disrupted, thinking becomes cloudy, and the affected adult is no longer getting out with other people. Persistent pain in this age group can create a steady decline in physical and cognitive function.

What can be done about it? Medications are one possibility but knowing what to take and when to take it can be another difficult hurdle to jump. In this special edition, the American Geriatrics Society's Guidelines for Pharmacologic Therapy are reviewed. The specific focus is on medications for chronic pain in older adults. Chronic (or persistent) pain is defined as pain that lasts more than three months. Older adult refers to men and women 65 years old and older.

The next logical question is, What medications are available and who should take them? Pain medications including acetaminophen (Tylenol), nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs), opioids (narcotics), adjuvant (additional other) analgesics, topical analgesics (rub on creams and gels), and other drugs are discussed. Here's a brief summary of each class of drugs.

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Safe and effective, the first choice of drug for pain relief. Patients should not take more than a total of 4 grams each day. Anyone with liver disease or who abuses alcohol cannot take this drug.
  • Nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs): More effective than acetaminophen for chronic inflammatory pain but with possible gastrointestinal problems. Should not be used by anyone with an active stomach ulcer, kidney disease, or heart failure. Patients on NSAIDs must be monitored carefully for any signs of adverse effects.
  • Opioids (narcotics such as Lortab, OxyContin, Percocet or Percodan, Morphine): Anyone who has not responded to acetaminophen or NSAIDs and who has moderate to severe pain that affects daily function should be considered for opioid pain relievers. Newer and better drugs of this type are available that are safe and effective. Opioids should only be prescribed and monitored by knowledgeable physicians with experience using these drugs.
  • Adjuvant analgesics: refers to drugs developed for some other purpose than pain relief but useful for persistent pain. Includes some anticonvulsants, antiarrhythmics, and antidepressants. Used most often for people with fibromyalgia, nerve pain, chronic and severe back or bone pain, and headaches. Often prescribed along with other pain relievers.
  • Topical analgesics including lidocai...
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