Blog Archive

When Is Surgery the Best Option for a Herniated Disc? Mar 1st, 2024

Your spine provides support for your body and allows you to move, bend, and walk. It’s also responsible for housing your spinal cord, the collection of nerves that enable your brain to communicate with the rest of your body. Due to the wear and tear that your spine sustains on...

Can Physical Therapy Help Me Resolve Recurrent Sciatica for Good? Feb 2nd, 2024

As many as 40% of Americans suffer from sciatica at some point during their lives, and for some people, those painful symptoms wind up recurring. Physical therapy helps relieve sciatica pain without long-term use of medication, and it improves your comfort and your quality of life completely noninvasively. At LA...

Is Your Sacroiliac (SI) Joint the Cause of Your Hip Pain? Jan 18th, 2024

Your hips are ball-and-socket joints, connecting your legs to your torso. They are integral to your movement, allowing you to stand up, sit down, and walk. Together, your hips support the entire weight of your upper body.  Hip pain can originate from various sources. Your first assumption may be that...

5 Non-Surgical Strategies to Improve Degenerative Disc Disease Dec 8th, 2023

If you have a nagging back or neck pain that won't go away, making everyday activities challenging, you may have Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD).  The condition happens when the discs in your spine – the little cushions between your bones – start to wear down. These discs break down due...

How Aging Affects Your Spinal Health Nov 1st, 2023

When you reach your 20s and 30s, your spine is at its peak health. After that, your spine starts to show signs of aging and does so for the remainder of your life.  While some people don’t experience noticeable symptoms of an aging spine, others may be much more aware...

These Factors May Be Contributing to Your Knee Arthritis Oct 1st, 2023

As you get older, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine life without aches and pains. Knee arthritis can make it especially tough to maintain an active lifestyle and participate in the sports and leisure activities you’ve always enjoyed. Our team at LA Pain Doctor, expertly treats the pain and stiffness of arthritis so...

3 Types of Headaches and How They’re Treated Sep 1st, 2023

Nearly everyone has experienced a headache at some point. Some are mildly discomforting — and can be quickly remedied by loosening a tight hairstyle or removing a too-tight hat — but some headaches can be downright debilitating.  Chronic headaches significantly impact your daily life, making even the simplest tasks seem arduous. Our experienced pain...

What Conditions Respond Well to Prolotherapy? Aug 3rd, 2023

You may be a candidate for prolotherapy if you suffer from chronic joint pain. This innovative treatment, also known as regenerative injection therapy, stimulates your body’s natural healing ability.  At the LA Pain Doctor in Metairie, Laplace, Harvey, New Orleans, and Luling, Louisiana, we can assess your medical history, current condition, and evaluate...

The Link Between Bone Spurs and Leg Pain Jul 1st, 2023

As the longest and thickest nerve in your body, your sciatic nerve allows you to feel and control your hips, legs, and feet. If sciatic nerve pain — also known as sciatica — has ever stopped you in your tracks, you’re not alone: About two in five adults (40%) in...

What Are My Treatment Options for Scoliosis? May 1st, 2023

Your skeleton provides the frame for your ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other connective fibers to build on and a barrier to protect your vital organs. Your spine is the framework for your skeleton, holding up your upper body, connecting your ribs to form the barrier around your heart, lungs, and other organs,...

How Botox® Can Treat Your Migraines Apr 1st, 2023

Migraine headaches are more common than you might realize. Did you know that more than 38 million Americans suffer from migraines? Migraines are also often a chronic problem. You’re defined as having chronic migraines if you have more than 15 headaches, and at least eight migraines, a month for a...

What Is Referred Pain? Mar 7th, 2023

When you visit the doctor with pain in a specific area of your body, you probably assume that the cause of the pain is somewhere in the same region. Referred pain is proof that this isn’t always the case. A condition that causes referred pain is located in one area...

My Back Surgery Failed: What Should I Do Now? Feb 3rd, 2023

If you had surgery to reduce your chronic back pain, which affects millions of adults in the United States alone, the last thing you want is continued pain. Unfortunately, while back surgery successfully relieves many people, 40% of patients end up with just that — continued pain. Also known as...

Will Tendonitis in My Hip Go Away on Its Own? Jan 3rd, 2023

Tendonitis is the inflammation and degeneration of the thick cords attaching muscles to bones. Tendons have poor blood supply, so they heal slower. However, most cases of tendonitis go away on their own with rest.  If inflammation in your tendon persists and doesn’t get better with rest, it can cause your...

The Difference Between Primary and Secondary Headaches Dec 1st, 2022

They’re part of the human experience. Almost every person will experience a headache at some point in their lives, and most of us will have several. Since headaches can come from simple causes, like dehydration, they are common. That doesn’t mean persistent headaches are normal, though. If you deal with...

How to Manage Your Arthritis in Cold Weather Nov 1st, 2022

If you have arthritis, you may be less than enthusiastic about the cold days ahead. If your arthritic joints freeze up in the winter, there are ways to free them up and ease the pain even when winter hits.  Some people swear they can predict a storm or chilly weather...

Can Regenerative Medicine Help My Chronic Leg Pain? Oct 1st, 2022

Chronic leg pain can interfere with your daily activities and may make it difficult to do your job or even play with your kids. New advances in regenerative medicine, some now available at any of our six convenient LA Pain Doctor locations in Louisiana, may help restore your quality of...

How to Prevent and Treat Shin Splints Sep 1st, 2022

A relatively common repetitive stress injury that athletes sustain is shin splints. If you have this aching pain on the front of your lower legs, you feel it most when you walk or run.  Also called medial tibial stress syndrome, it occurs when repetitive stress, such as intense competition in many sports,...

5 Signs You're Dealing with Patellar Tendinitis Aug 1st, 2022

The benefits of an active lifestyle for your physical and mental health are almost innumerable, so you want to do what you can to avoid being sidelined. As any sports medicine specialist will tell you, early detection and intervention are key to this goal, which is why we’re focusing on...

Will My ACL Injury Heal on its Own? Jul 1st, 2022

If you’re an athlete and have mercifully escaped an injury to your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), chances are someone else on your team or in your league has suffered from this unfortunate knee injury: It’s the most common knee injury, and up to 200,000 ACL ruptures (tears) sideline Americans every year.  If...

Bad Habits That Are Wrecking Your Neck Jun 1st, 2022

Anyone who lives with neck discomfort knows there’s a good reason we call annoying things a pain in the neck. When you have a stiff, sore, or outright painful neck, the smallest turn of your head can be a problem. Suddenly, doing things you love becomes more challenging. Even sleeping...

Is Spinal Cord Stimulation the Answer to Your Chronic Back Pain? May 1st, 2022

If you’ve struggled with back pain for any length of time, you know it can leave you feeling miserable and wondering if there’s a way to find relief. Our physicians at LA Pain Doctor in Luling, Metairie, LaPlace, Harvey, and New Orleans, Louisiana, want you to know that a spinal...

Nonsurgical Treatments for Hip Pain Apr 1st, 2022

The wear-and-tear of accumulated years and activity, or an injury or degenerative condition like arthritis, can leave you suffering from hip pain. Your hips take a lot of pressure, and need to move smoothly for you to walk and bend. Hip pain makes it difficult to keep up your daily life...

What You Need to Know About Prolotherapy Mar 1st, 2022

If you’re among the 20% of Americans struggling with chronic pain, you understand the negative impact it can have on your life. From making it difficult to meet family obligations to affecting your ability to perform at work, chronic pain makes nearly everything miserable.  While many treatments exist to ease...

Is Your Lifestyle Fueling Your Headaches? Feb 1st, 2022

Headaches are often easy to dismiss. The demands of everyday life, including job, family commitments, and busy schedules add up to tension, stress, and reaching for the ibuprofen. Coping with the day takes priority, and your discomfort often takes a back seat. However, your lifestyle might be the fuel behind...

When to See a Specialist About Arm Pain Jan 4th, 2022

Chances are good that you don’t think too much about your arms until one is injured or causes you pain. And at LA Pain Doctor, with six locations across Louisiana, we know it’s challenging to tell the difference between arm pain that will go away on its own and arm...

Injections for Hip Pain: What to Expect Dec 5th, 2021

Your hip joint is not unlike a bungee cord in that it’s both sturdy and flexible. This ball-and-socket joint is your body’s largest, and it carries the weight of your body and allows for a wide range of movement.  When hip pain strikes, however, your movement may be seriously limited,...

Myths and Facts About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Nov 1st, 2021

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a little-understood condition that usually causes symptoms in your extremities (arms or legs). It can cause issues like sensitivity, burning or throbbing pain, changes in the feel and appearance of your skin, and other unwelcome symptoms.  If you’re living with unexplained pain in a...

The Difference Between Scoliosis and Kyphosis Oct 4th, 2021

What’s causing your back pain? Spinal conditions like scoliosis and kyphosis may be the root cause of your back pain problems. At LA Pain Doctor, our team of pain management specialists can help you better understand the root cause of your back pain, and recommend treatment options that can work...

How Kyphoplasty Relieves Nerve pain Sep 8th, 2021

Back pain is the number one cause of missed workdays, but the reality is that back pain doesn’t just affect your career 一 it affects every aspect of your life. And that’s where the pain management specialists at LA Pain Doctor come in. Dr. Firas Hijazi and Dr. Satvik Munshi...

Things You’re Doing That Make Your Sciatica Worse Aug 12th, 2021

Your sciatic nerves are the longest in your body. They run from the base of your spine, down the back of your legs from your buttocks to your legs. When the sciatic nerve becomes irritated, it creates a condition called sciatica. Many people with sciatica come to us with pain...

5 Tips to Protect Your Back Jul 4th, 2021

Think about the role your back plays in your life — as the foundational structure for your entire body, it’s responsible for much of your support, mobility, and range of motion. Given these duties, it’s hardly surprising that back pain develops as often as it does — in fact, it’s...

Why Do I Keep Getting Headaches? Jun 14th, 2021

Everyone gets a tension headache on occasion. Usually, when you get one of these types of headaches, you can take an analgesic and it goes away. But for about 17% of the population, headaches are a more frequent occurrence that can really interfere with their quality of life. Recurring headaches...

Sprains and Strains: What to Do About These Common Sports Injuries May 14th, 2021

Joint sprains and muscle strains happen in even the most diligent athletes. At LA Pain Doctor, pain management experts Firas Hijazi, MD and Satvik Munshi, MD know how sprains and strains can interfere with your ability to stay active. If you’re sidelined by pain or immobility because of a sprain,...

Do You Have a Frozen Shoulder? Apr 1st, 2021

Shoulder pain is relatively common and has many causes, including adhesive capsulitis — commonly known as a frozen shoulder. While minor shoulder injuries can cause pain and stiffness, these symptoms usually subside with a few days of rest and at-home care. If your symptoms persist, it’s time to talk to...

5 Symptoms of Arthritis Mar 15th, 2021

As pain management specialists, the expert providers at LA Pain Doctor understand that swollen, painful joints can limit your life. Joint pain can prevent you from doing the things you need to do and the things you enjoy doing. Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatments and...

What Are the Different Types of Headaches? Feb 12th, 2021

Nearly everyone can recall the feeling of having a persistent headache that interferes with their day. What you may not know is that there are over 150 different kinds of headaches that can erupt without much warning and some can pose a serious threat to your health. At LA Pain...

When You Should Consider Using Medications to Manage Your Pain Jan 7th, 2021

Pain affects everyone differently. What you can tolerate pain-wise may be beyond the limits of what someone else can handle. For this reason, managing pain requires the personalized approach Satvik Munshi, MD, and Firas Hijazi, MD, use at LA Pain Doctor. Our providers offer a variety of interventional pain management...

How Sports Injuries Are Set Apart from Others Dec 11th, 2020

Sports injuries can be painful and limit your future performance in your favorite sport. At LA Pain Doctor, interventional pain management specialists Firas Hijazi, MD, and Satvik Munshi, MD, understand how complex and disruptive sports injuries can be. The LA Pain Doctor team offers comprehensive treatment services to help you...

What Conditions Will Joint Injections Help? Nov 12th, 2020

Chronic joint pain can change your life for the worse. When every movement you make causes excruciating pain or when you’re limited by joint swelling and stiffness, you’re likely missing out on too much of your life. But you certainly don’t have to live that way. At LA Pain Doctor,...

The Link Between Smoking and Herniated Discs Oct 7th, 2020

Smoking is a known cause of many long-term, serious health complications, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and heart disease. But did you know smoking can also increase your risk for chronic back pain due to herniated discs and degenerative disc disease? At LA Pain Doctor, experienced interventional...

Will My Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Ever Go Away? Sep 9th, 2020

After you heal from an injury, like foot trauma or a sprained ankle, you may still experience chronic pain that doesn’t seem to go away. This may be your first indication that you have a condition known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). As experienced pain specialists, the physicians at...

I Had Back Surgery, But I’m Still in Pain — Now What? Aug 7th, 2020

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. At LA Pain Doctor, interventional pain management specialists, Firas Hijazi, MD, and Satvik Munshi, MD, are highly skilled in...

5 Tips for Preventing Sports-Related Shoulder Injuries Jul 26th, 2020

Your shoulder is a complex joint that is highly versatile and makes it possible to participate in a wide variety of sports. If you’re into sports that rely on shoulder movements, you may be at increased risk for experiencing a painful shoulder injury.   Experienced pain management specialists, Firas Hijazi, MD,...

Prolotherapy: How Does It Work and What Conditions Does It Treat? Jun 22nd, 2020

One in five adults in the United States struggles with chronic pain, to say nothing of the millions more who are coping with acute pain on any given day. At LA Pain Doctor, our team of pain management specialists, led by Drs. Firas Hijazi and Satvik Munshi, understands the incredibly...

These Lifestyle Modifications Can Prevent Your Sciatica From Acting Up May 29th, 2020

Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, which is made perfectly clear when it’s been compromised. If you’re in the midst of a sciatica attack, your primary goal is to restore pain-free movement in your lower back and legs.  Here at LA Pain Doctor, our team of...

Best Treatment Options for Your Arthritis Apr 17th, 2020

The numbers surrounding the prevalence of arthritis in the United States were thought to be around 54 million, but new reports suggest that this number may be as high as 91 million. And this number is expected to rise over the next 20 years as the population ages. If you...