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Easing Our Pain 

In light of the city's ceaseless reconstruction efforts, there should be plenty of backaches to go around. New Orleans native Dr. Patrick Waring offers non-narcotic pain management at The Pain Intervention Center (701 Metairie Road, Old Metairie Village, Metairie, 455-2225; The clinic provides advanced, interventional spine pain-management therapy in a convenient, personalized atmosphere.

Waring specializes in minimally invasive pain-management techniques that present an alternative to surgery or the use of narcotics. Most treatments are administered under a fluoroscopic X-ray guidance system to carefully target the source of pain and reduce risk.

The son of physicians, Waring graduated with honors from the Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and in 2003 was named an instructor for the International Spine Intervention Society.

The clinic in Old Metairie Village sustained significant damage from Hurricane Katrina, losing most of its roof and internal structure. The staff operated temporarily out of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Gonzales after the storm, and later in East Jefferson General Hospital before reopening the Metairie office on Jan. 8. It was important to get back, Waring says.

"We moved quickly," he says. "We know that the best environment for patients is an office, not a hospital. And in our office, we have better equipment, the latest technology. We're more efficient."

Now it's business as usual at the office, which Waring says is just as busy as it was at this time last year. Waring has also opened a new office in Gonzales (2604 S. Ruby St., Gonzales, 225-647-2111) to serve patients who have relocated to the Baton Rouge area.

"We want to be a part of the rebuilding process," Waring says. "The city is going to do well, and we want to be a part of it." Trade-In The TV program Trading Spouses is looking for families in Louisiana to be on the show. Any family selected will be paid $50,000. To qualify, participants should be one family living together, with parents who are married and have full custody of their children. The family must have at least one child between the ages of 6 and 18 (none with children younger than 6) and have been affected by Katrina. To apply, log on to or and follow the appropriate icons. Selections will be made by the production company Rocket and Science Laboratories.

click to enlarge Dr. Patrick Waring offers pain relief through state-of-the- - art techniques.
  • Dr. Patrick Waring offers pain relief through state-of-the- art techniques.


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