TARGETED PAIN RELIEF
MININALLY INVASIVE TREATMENTS
Creating Personalized Treatment Plans to Help You Reduce & Manage Your Pain
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ARTEMUS FLAGG, MD, MPH
SOUTHERN RAISED. MILITARY STRENGTHENED.
JOHNS HOPKINS TRAINED.
Dr. Flagg grew up in Nashville Tennessee. He served as a Battalion Flight Surgeon and Brigade Flight Surgeon during his combat tour in Iraq with the United States Army, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Following his combat tour, he was promoted to the rank of Major and appointed as the Chief Flight Surgeon and Chief of the Physical Exam Section at the DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic at the Pentagon.
He completed his residency in Anesthesiology and further enhance his medical training with a Fellowship in Pain Medicine, both at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During his training, he received the Clinical Anesthesia (One) resident of the year award for outstanding achievement in patient care and citizenship. He subsequently was selected as Chief Resident for the 2011-2012 Academic Year.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS PAIN?
Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. Each person will perceive pain differently based on their personal, cultural and religious beliefs, and prior experiences with pain. Pain is what the experiencing person says it is. Your clinical features (onset, location, duration, and characteristics of your pain) are unique to you. They are your body’s way of reacting to injury or illness. Everyone reacts to pain in different ways. You are the only person who knows what your pain feels like.
WHAT IS PAIN MANAGEMENT?
Pain management is a comprehensive approach to diagnosing, treating and controlling pain. It uses a multi-modal and individualized treatment plan to coordinate safe and effective options that can address the physical, emotional, social, and psychological aspects of pain.
Components of a multimodal pain management plan may include:
- – minimally-invasive injection-based therapy
- – physical therapy and rehabilitation
- – medications
- – psychological counseling
- – social support
- – other complementary approaches
WHAT IS A PAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTOR?
A pain management doctor is a physician with special training in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of all different types of pain.
DO I HAVE TO BE REFERRED BY A PHYSICIAN?
Most patients are referred to Bayou Pain and Spine by their primary care doctor or their surgeon. We also see “self-referrals” — all by appointment only. We do not see “walk-ins.”
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I SEE DR. FLAGG?
After completing a detailed history and a thorough physical examination, Dr. Flagg may order additional tests such as radiographic images (including x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans) or additional neurological tests to include Electromyography (EMG). Chronic pain is a complex process that requires a combination of treatments in order to achieve the best results. A multimodal treatment plan tailored to the individual patient will be discussed and initiated that may include medications, possible minimally-invasive procedures, and/or physical therapy. Pain management requires active joint effort from both the patient and the healthcare team.
WHAT KIND OF TREATMENTS MIGHT I RECEIVE AT BAYOU PAIN & SPINE?
At Bayou Pain and Spine, Dr. Flagg utilizes interventional approaches (injections) when appropriate to diagnose and treat painful conditions. For a full list of the conditions we treat, please visit our Pain Conditions section.
Diagnostic and therapeutic injections require precise placement of specific pain medications near or around the structures that are suspected to cause pain. These procedures require specialized techniques and imaging equipment to assure accuracy during the procedure and safety for our patients.
In addition, we provide surgical interventions (if appropriate and indicated) such as spinal cord stimulators, vertebral augmentation/kyphoplasty, and intrathecal pump therapy.
Dr. Flagg’s multimodal approach also includes the use of medications, physical therapy, and self-management techniques with the goal of improving your functional activity level and quality of life, while ultimately reducing your pain. Sometimes we may enlist the help of a pain psychologist to better assist with the psychological impacts of being in chronic pain.
PAIN RELIEF STARTS HERE
Please use the information below to request an appointment at Bayou Pain & Spine. An appointment representative will contact you to review your medical information and schedule your appointment. If you are having an emergency, please call 911.
LOCATIONS IN COVINGTON & SLIDELL
648 Crestwood Boulevard
Covington, LA 70433
310 Gateway Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
If you are experiencing a true medical emergency, you should visit a hospital emergency room or call 911 immediately. For general medical request, please allow up to 24 hours for a response. Emails sent beginning Friday at noon, Saturday or Sunday will be answered on Monday.