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Center for Rheumatology & Neurological Testing

The capability of thoroughly evaluating patients in the broad field of Rheumatology. This includes the medical management of general musculoskeletal conditions causing joint pains, such as arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis and spinal conditions. The specific conditions evaluated and treated include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and other Connective Tissue Disorders.

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Diagnostic Digital X-Ray Imaging. X-ray evaluation of all the peripheral joints and the spine are available on site.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS) for diagnostic purposes. All diagnostic MSKUS are personally performed and interpreted by Dr. Nitsche in our office. MSKUS is a cost-effective safe modality, without radiation exposure, that is used for evaluating joint problems, such as joint pain, joint swelling, arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis. The areas that can be evaluated include the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hand, knees, ankles, and feet. Diagnostic ultrasounds of joints are presently re-imbursed by Medicare and almost all third party insurance payers.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS) for interventional procedures. Aspiration and injection of joints under ultrasound guidance has been proven to be a safer, less painful, and a more accurate technique than unguided procedures. Ultrasound results are available immediately, and therefore a problem requiring injection therapy can usually be treated during the same office visit.

Nerve Conduction Studies. Diagnostic testing and evaluations of the hand and arm for neurological disorders are provided by Dr. Lundgren. These evaluations include Nerve Conduction Studies or NCS and other types of neurological tests. Our board certified neurologist, with over 25 years of experience is available by appointment when such testing or studies are required.

Osteoporosis evaluation and treatment. A Bone Mineral Density (BMD) machine is on site.
Dr. Nitsche personally interprets the BMD and can recommend treatment as indicated.

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  • 5 star review  I broke my wrist which later required surgery. From the first visit with Dr. George I was extremely impressed with him and the rest of the staff. Everyone was so friendly and helped me through the entire process from surgery to therapy. I can't thank them enough for helping me recover and be so patient and kind. THANK YOU!

    thumb Abigail Heart

    5 star review  I have seen Dr. George for several years for my arthritic hands. He is a brilliant surgeon who discussed all available treatment options with me. Dr. George is also the nicest doctor you may ever meet. The office offers a relaxing ambience and staff addresses all care needs. I had surgery 2 months ago and the team at the therapy center got me back to full range of motion and strength. Happy me!

    thumb Donna Doolen

    5 star review  Dr. George is worth waiting for. He is very easy to talk to and he explains issues well.

    thumb Cheryl Temes Ledbetter
  • 5 star review  Dr. George is the best physician I have ever been to, He is the best in the south. He saved my hand when other doctors wanted to cut it off. The office people are very courteous; keep up the good work!

    thumb Lou Anne Corke

    5 star review  I've had to come to Hand Center of Louisiana several times. Each time the staff got me in as quick as possible to see the doctor and they were extremely polite. Everything about this office is efficient and professional.

    thumb Jessica Lablaire

    5 star review  Dr George is AMAZING!!!! He has been treating my husband for years, and is the most caring, empathetic physician I have ever met, and I am a nurse and have met and worked with 100's of doctors!! The staff are also very attentive and caring!!! If you need a hand specialist... Look NO further!! This group is top notch, especially DR. GEORGE!!!! LOVE HIM!!!

    thumb Tobie Ledet
  • 5 star review  Was able to get appointment quickly, front desk and check in for new patient was very easy. Wait time was minimal. Everything was explained by doctor.

    thumb SPC

    5 star review  The Doctor and staff at Hand Center of Louisiana are amazing at what they do. I am so glad I chose them to repair my hand after my accident. They helped me tremendously with my hand repair, and I could not be more grateful. Thank you again and again!

    thumb Lisa Dixon

    5 star review  The doctors and staff at the Hand Center of Louisiana provided with exemplary treatment and care during each of my visits. During each visit they take their time and make sure your questions and concerns are tall taken care of.

    thumb Todd Morgan

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