Pain Management Clinic in Sarasota, FL
Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine clinic specializes in sacroiliac joint steroid injection, sciatica pain treatment, degenerative disc pain treatment, failed knee & hip surgery and much more. Call us for more information or visit us at 2540 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239.
No one should be expected to endure chronic and crippling pain without complaint or help. At the Ramos Center for Interventional and Functional Pain Medicine, we sympathize with the long-term effects that chronic pain has on a person. We want to help turn the page for you to start a new chapter in your life free from pain.
What treatment options do you have for sciatic pain?
As with all of our treatments, we take a holistic approach to pain management. As such, we want to ensure that pain medication is a supplement and not a focal point of your recovery. We also want to promote self-care and cognitive therapy because we see pain as psycho-social and not only physical. That said, we don’t shy away from procedures that work to confront and mitigate pain at a physical level directly. We offer a wide variety of treatments for pain management, providing our doctors with multiple ways to help reduce your pain with lasting effectiveness.
Sciatic pain, or sciatica, is an area that we specialize in! This type of pain radiates along the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and down each leg. Sciatica can be caused by a herniated disc in your spine, bone spurs, or even pregnancy when the baby presses against the sciatic nerve.
At the Ramos Center, we offer several helpful treatments for sciatica pain, such as physical therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, spinal cord stimulation, and steroid injections, to name a few! For pain medication, we try to minimize opioid use, and if possible, avoid it altogether. Instead, we will likely prescribe Suboxone or something of that ilk. In line with our holistic vision, we also offer counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help with the psycho-social effects of chronic sciatic pain!
What can you tell me about sacroiliac joint steroid injections?
Sacroiliac joint steroid injections are a phenomenal treatment option at the Ramos Center. This procedure is used to both diagnose and treat sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The sacroiliac joint, also known as the SI joint, is located just above your tailbone, in between the sacrum vertebra and the ilium, which is the main part of the hipbone. As such, they connect the bottom of your spine to your hip. Your sacroiliac joints’ primary function is to absorb shock between your upper body, pelvis, and legs. Dysfunction in your sacroiliac joint can be caused by osteoarthritis, gout, traumatic injury, pregnancy, or even walking patterns! You may feel pain in the lower back, buttocks, hips, pelvis, and groin due to the inflammation in the SI joint.
During the injection process, your doctor will insert the needle into the sacroiliac joint under the guidance of an X-ray, a process known as fluoroscopy. A numbing agent is provided before the injection. Then, a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, is mixed with a corticosteroid and injected into the SI joint. The local anesthetic provides immediate pain relief, while the corticosteroid alleviates pain over several months to a year. Once you experience prolonged pain relief, we will administer physical therapy and rehabilitation to reduce pain further and restore your functional mobility to normal levels.
Do you accept insurance?
For sure! We accept all major medical insurance companies at the Ramos Center. You can see a full list of these providers here. Make sure you verify with your benefits provider what they cover and what copayments they require before your appointment.
If you think the Ramos Center for Interventional and Functional Pain Medicine is a good option for your pain management, we would love to hear from you! You can either call us or book an appointment on our website! You can find us at 2540 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, Florida, as well as two other locations. The Ramos Center in Sarasota is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Monday to Friday.