Sciatica Pain Treatment in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Englewood & Port Charlotte, FL
Have you been suffering from sciatica? There are solutions available here at Ramos Center. We can provide medications, physical therapy, steroid injections, or surgery to treat or help you manage symptoms. For sciatica pain treatment in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Englewood & Port Charlotte, FL, come to us at Ramos Center.
How is sciatica diagnosed?
Sciatica can be diagnosed by a primary doctor or a specialist in pain medicine. The professional will perform a physical exam to check your muscle strength, reflexes, and ability to perform simple exercises like squats. If a patient has sciatica, he or she will find these exercises difficult.
A professional might also order an X-ray, MRI, CT scan, or electromyography (EMG) test. These tests can confirm the professional’s diagnosis. After diagnosis, there are a couple measures you can take, like self-care and seeing a specialist like ours here at Ramos Center.
How can I manage my pain in the short term?
Self-care can help a lot to manage symptoms, and many patients can be relieved entirely. However, self-care won’t necessarily treat the sciatica. Still, it is important to do some self-care until you can see a specialist. This is because if you are inactive for a long period of time, the pain and other symptoms could get worse.
Cold packs can help to make the pain subside. If you don’t have a cold pack, you can improvise and use a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel. This can provide some relief, but don’t use the cold pack for more than 20 minutes. After a few days, hot packs can provide relief. Stretching can help, as a limited form of physical therapy, and over-the-counter medications, like ibuprofen, can help to ease the pain.
With these methods, some patients will be relieved from their sciatica, while others may not. This is why it’s important to make an appointment with a specialist. If self-care doesn’t work and the symptoms continue, you’ll want to have an appointment coming up.
How is sciatica treated?
For some patients, self-care can go a long way to relieving symptoms. For other patients, self-care might not be enough. If the pain is substantial, then the professional might prescribe pain medication, like an anti-inflammatory, a muscle relaxant, a prescription narcotic, or another medication. Medication can address acute pain very effectively.
There are a number of additional treatments that can help to manage or eliminate ongoing pain. One of the most effective, long-term treatments is physical therapy. Physical therapy consists of exercises that will help you improve your flexibility, strengthen your back muscles, and lessen the pain.
A patient might also benefit from steroid (corticosteroid) injections, which can suppress inflammation and pain. For patients with serious pain and symptoms, surgery can work very well. A procedure can effectively remove the bone spur or the portion of the herniated disk that’s affecting the nerve and causing the symptoms.
Where can I get sciatica pain treatment in Bradenton, Sarasota, or Venice FL?
Come to Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine! Our professionals are specialists in pain management and treatment, so they are fully qualified to help you with your pain. If you’re suffering from sciatica, then you’ll be in good hands with one of our doctors.
Ramos Center has 3 locations in the Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice areas. Please visit our Locations page for our addresses, directions, and contact information. If you’d like to book a consultation with one of our pain management specialists at Ramos Center, you can do so on our Appointments page.
We look forward to your visit here at Ramos Center!
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