Advanced Pain Institute opens

Published 12:13 am Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Doctor: People in LaPlace need top notch medical services

RESERVE — Starting today residents in and around St. John the Baptist Parish experiencing acute and chronic pain can find relief through the Advanced Pain Institute.

Dr. Artemus Flagg said that the Advanced Pain Institute takes several approaches to treating a patient’s pain.

Dr. Artemus Flagg

Dr. Artemus Flagg

“We have pain medication or pharmacological therapy,” Flagg said. “There is interventional therapy, such as procedures, physical therapy, and we are also capable of referring patients out to additional resources, such as surgeons and chiropractors.”

The Advanced Pain Institute, which is accepting new patients, is located at 501 Rue de Sante Suite No. 2 in LaPlace. Those wishing to make an appointment are advised to call 985-345-PAIN (7246).

The Advanced Pain Institute treats a wide range of acute and chronic pain, including abdominal, arm, neck, back and more. Examples of procedures are lumbar disc decompression, spinal cord stimulator and joint injections.

Flagg said there is a great need for a facility like the Advanced Pain Institute in LaPlace.

“I believe the people of LaPlace need top notch medical services,” he said. “Pain in general is the No. 1 reason people go to the emergency room. The people in this area need quality health care. We’re here and we are cable of filling that void.”

Flagg said he would be the acting physician at the LaPlace location, which is Advanced Pain Institute’s fifth location. Other locations include Covington, Hammond, Denham Springs and Slidell.

The LaPlace location provides residents the same services as the other locations.

“We are here to ease pain and enhance lives, that’s our motto,” Flagg said. “We believe in our motto. We believe in the people of Louisiana and we believe in the people of LaPlace. We also believe in being active members of the community, not just working there, but really being a part of the community. We want to demonstrate that by bringing our services to the area.”

Flagg said those residents unsure if they need to be seen by a pain specialist should first speak with their primary care provider.