Have you been looking for a provider of epidural injections in Bradenton, Sarasota, or Venice, FL? If so, then you’ve found one with Ramos Center. We provide a number of treatments for pain, including nerve blocks and epidural injections. If you’d like to learn more about them and about how we can help you here at Ramos Center, then get in touch with us today or read on to learn more.
What are epidurals?
Epidurals are pain-relieving shots used before and after surgery, during childbirth, or to help manage chronic pain. Here at Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine, we provide epidurals for patients with chronic pain.
One of the benefits of epidurals is that because they require a relatively low dose of medicine, they have fewer side effects. On top of that, epidurals can provide longer-lasting pain relief and even help you keep alert and mobile, as opposed to other pain management options.
Do epidural nerve blocks work?
They can work for many patients, yes. Nerve blocks are quite interesting and effective because they provide anesthesia which prevents pain signals from reaching the brain. In fact, nerve blocks are amazingly effective, starting to work within only 10 to 20 minutes.
Epidurals work by targeting the nerves that carry pain signals, so they don’t affect the other nerves or have many side effects. The only common side effects are blood pressure drops, difficulty urinating, and headaches, which can be managed easily with professional care. There are some potential complications such as bleeding, nerve damage, and infection, but these are rare and can also be managed professionally.
How do epidural injections work?
Epidural injections can be done with particular medications, including steroids, and can significantly reduce pain and inflammation in certain areas of the body. For example, epidural injections can be used for the back, arms, legs, and neck.
The procedure itself entails the use of an X-ray and a special dye to help a professional find the right spot for the injection. The professional will likely choose an area along the spine that is closest to the nerve causing your pain.
Pain relief can last for several days or even years, and all the while, patients should be able to enjoy their regular activities. Some patients may have more difficulty with this and require ongoing care, such as the kind of care a physical therapy program can provide. In fact, the pain relief an epidural injection provides can make physical therapy and exercise programs possible and much more effective for many patients.
The best candidates for epidural injections tend to be patients with chronic pain in their neck, arm, lower back, or leg. This includes patients with sciatica, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, a herniated disc, or a degenerative disc.
If you’d like to learn more about epidural injections, then reach out to us here at Ramos Center. We would be happy to answer some of your questions over the phone, or book you in for a consultation so we can answer all of your questions.
Do you provide epidural injections in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice, FL?
Yes, we do! Ramos Center has clinics in all three cities. Please see our Locations page for their addresses and for directions to each of the clinics. You can also call any of our locations for further information or to schedule a consultation with us. During your consultation, we’ll take a look at your medical history and your history of chronic pain to help you determine whether an epidural injection would be right for you.
We hope to hear from you soon here at Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine.