Fabian Ramos, MD
Dr. Ramos is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice and he completed his pre-Anesthesia and Pain Management internship at Emory University, Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Following his time at Emory he completed his Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine (Miami, FL). Dr. Ramos is triple board certified by the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Fabian A. Ramos, the Ramos Center for Interventional and Functional Pain Medicine opened its Bradenton, FL doors in January of 2000. In 2005, the Ramos Center opened a second office location in Sarasota, FL, followed by a third office location in Venice, FL in January of 2019.
Abraham Fura, MD
Dr. Abraham J. Fura completed his fellowship in multidisciplinary Pain Management at the University of Rochester Medical Center. As an Anesthesiology Resident, he trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he was exposed to cutting edge technologies in Pain Management and fell in love with the field. He very much enjoyed taking care of our nation’s active duty military and their families.
Chronic Pain Treatments
A small area of nerve tissue is heated to decrease pain signals from that area.The procedure is conducted under guided imaging. A needle is inserted at the offending nerve site, then an electrical current produced by a radio wave is used for the heat-and-destroy mission. The chronic pain relief lasts for a relatively long period, from six to nine months. This is a big advance because it is very localized, very specific, pain treatment. It’s not a cure-all, but it can really make a difference in specific cases.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal Cord Stimulation involves a pacemaker-type device that is implanted in the body. The body delivers low-level electrical signals to the spinal cord or to specific nerves, which helps block pain signals from reaching the brain.The patient can adjust the on/off button and adjust the intensity of the electrical signals. Spinal cord stimulation is often used when other treatments have failed, as with failed back surgery. It is also used in other types of refractory pain.
Epidural Steroid Injections
A common minimally invasive procedure to treat inflammation present inside the spinal canal. This inflammation can occur in spinal nerve, due to tissues next to the nerve (disc, facet joints, scar tissue, bone spurs, bone material) pressing or rubbing against it. The beginning of the nerve (nerve root) is most often irritated by an displaced intervertebral disc, bulged, herniated (protrusion, extrusion, sequestration) or a diseased disc (torn, fissured, collapsed, degenerated).
Injections and Nerve Block
Injections and Nerve Blocks are more effective for treating acute pain. When a group of nerves is causing pain to a specific organ or body region, the pain can be blocked with injection of a local anesthetic. In our chronic pain management practice we us Nerve Blocks effectively in conditions such as RSD, nerve entrapments, pudendal pain, ilioinguinal groin pain, intercostal pain, supraescapular nerve, neuromas, occipital neuralgia, etc.
Joint Injections may decrease the accumulation of fluid and cells in the joint and may temporarily decrease pain and stiffness. Many of the major joints (i.e. shoulder, knee, hip, etc.) of the body are susceptible to arthritic pain due to aging, repetitive use or injury. Joint Injections may be given to treat inflammatory joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendonitis, bursitis and occasionally osteoarthritis.
Trigger Point Injections
In a trigger point injection, a local anesthetic (sometimes with a steroid) is injected into trigger point to relieve the pain. It typically takes only a few treatments to resolve trigger point pain. Patients can get good muscle pain relief from these injections. It’s a relatively simple, safe procedure. It gives them enough relief that they can go to physical therapy.That’s important in preventing a re-injury.