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Chronic Pain Specialist

Louisiana Pain Institute

Cathy Zhang, MD

Pain Management & Cosmetics located in Covington, LA & Denham Springs, LA

Chronic pain is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. Seek help for yours with Cathy Zhang, MD, at Louisiana Pain Institute, with locations in Covington and Denham Springs, Louisiana. Dr. Zhang approaches chronic pain from a multimodal standpoint, focusing on body and mind as she helps you achieve optimal health. From lifestyle changes to minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Zhang has the answers. Get started by booking an appointment online or over the phone today.

Chronic Pain Q&A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is ongoing pain that lasts six months or longer. Even if it’s not life-threatening, chronic pain can be debilitating — physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

Sometimes, chronic pain-related stress leads to other issues, including changes in appetite, lack of energy, anxiety, depression, anger, and even fear.

Why do I feel chronic pain?

If caused by injury or illness, chronic pain doesn’t go away when you heal, as with acute pain. Instead, the pain signals in your nervous system remain active. 

Chronic pain doesn’t always result from injury or short-term illness. It’s also associated with chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and cancer.

How do you treat chronic pain?

If you’re suffering from chronic pain, Dr. Zhang offers many options. You may receive these treatments on their own, but many patients enjoy chronic pain relief from Dr. Zhang with a multimodal regimen, for example, physical therapy, medications, and complementary therapies.

Treatment options that Dr. Zhang offers include:

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation relieves chronic pain by heating nerve tissue and stopping it from sending pain signals. It works especially well for chronic neck, lower back, and arthritis pain.

To perform RFA, Dr. Zhang inserts a thin needle into the painful area to deliver a microelectrode to the tissue. Then, she sends a small amount of radiofrequency to the electrode, which heats the nerve tissue and stops the pain signals after a few minutes.

Spinal cord stimulator

Spinal cord stimulators are implant devices that send electrical signals through your spinal cord nerves to block pain. 

Spinal cord stimulators can relieve many chronic pain conditions, including failed back surgery syndrome, peripheral vascular disease of the lower extremities, chronic low back pain, chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Sympathetic blocks

Sympathetic blocks are injections designed to reduce and eliminate pain related to your sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Your SNS, which normally regulates your “fight or flight” response, can sometimes go into a sort of overdrive. 

The result is significant dysfunction and pain anywhere in the body. Sympathetic blocks numb the cluster of nerves causing your pain.

Peripheral nerve stimulation

Peripheral nerves are nerves outside the spinal cord that control muscle movement and carry pain signals back to your brain. To treat pain coming from the peripheral nerve, Dr. Zhang offers both peripheral nerve stimulators (permanent or temporary) and peripheral nerve blocks.

Dr. Zhang also provides injections for cancer-related pain.

If you’re living with chronic pain and your current modes of pain relief aren’t working, Dr. Zhang can help. To learn more, contact Louisiana Pain Institute online or over the phone today.