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Prudent International Health Clinic

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Pain Management Specialist Clinic

2nd Floor, Silver Oak Society, Above Maharashtra Bank, Kalyaninagar Pune
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Prudent International Health Clinic is known for housing experienced Pain Management Specialists. Dr. Poonam Patel Vasani, a well-reputed Pain Management Specialist, practices in Pune. Visit this medical health centre for Pain Management Specialists recommended by 64 patients.

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MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
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I am suffering from palpitations, extreme sadness, body ache and isolation for the past 2 months. I got almost all my tests done from ECG, ECO,mammography, ultrasound blood tests. The result was hormonal imbalance and perimenopause. These days I am having headaches first few 2 -3 minutes either side of my head, sometimes numbness in the head for a minute. I am given menopace, calcium tablets and vitamin d3. I have been to several renowned doctors from forte, Max and I feel my problem has not been detected .I have no thyroid or sugar. Please help.

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
I am suffering from palpitations, extreme sadness, body ache and isolation for the past 2 months. I got almost all my...
You could be suffering from fibromyalgia. Further deatils of your symptoms are needed to confirm diagnosis. For fibromyalgia particular medication are to be taken. Following general tips will help you. Specific treatment can be started only once diagnosis is made. 1. Try to follow a fix sleep wake cycle daily. 2. Avoid excess caffeine (tea/coffee). 3. Avoid alcohol or smoke. 4. Take warm shower at bedtime. 5. Start low impact cardiovascular exercises like walking particularly walking in water as in swimming pool. 6. Get involved in some social or vocational work. In conditions like fibromyalgia or depression developing a good social life and functionality is more important than medicines.
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Hello doctor Can we use local anesthesia injection for painless bikini wax? Is it safe.

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
Hello doctor
Can we use local anesthesia injection for painless bikini wax? Is it safe.
Local anesthesia injection if given by someone specialized in it is safe. You should also check for allergy to local anaesthetic first.
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4 Causes Of Heel Pain!

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
4 Causes Of Heel Pain!

Heels are weight bearing part of feet during standing, walking or running. Improper postures or foot wear can cause degeneration of heel and subsequent pain.

Causes for heel pain: 

1. Sprains: Improper exercise and improper footwear like high heels can put unnecessary stress on heels and cause pain. Avoid such conditions by using excellent quality heels and avoiding them as much as possible. Exercise should be done under expert guidance. 

2. Fractures: Stress or hairline fractures can occur even without trauma and cause pain. In such cases, you should immediately consult a doctor. 

3. Plantar fasciitis: A common cause for heel pain, the Plantar fascia at heel can cause severe early morning heel pain. It can be managed with exercises, PRP Injections. 

4. Arthritis: Gout, rheumatoid arthritis and other types of arthritis can affect ankle joint and cause heel pain. This can be managed with medications and exercises. In severe cases injections may be needed for treatment. 

Treatments available 

1. Change in shoes: Shoes play a key role in the development of heel pain. Avoid wearing heels for prolonged period and specially when walking long distances. 

2. Foot supports: There are specialized heel supports and wedges, which you can wear with the footwear. These supports help redistribute weight from the problem areas and uniformly distribute it among the other parts of the foot. Heel cups are also another form of supports you could try. 

3. Pain relief medications: Over the counter analgesics like Ibuprofen or Paracetamol can help in reducing acute episodes of pain. Self - medication for prolonged periods should be avoided. 

4. Ice packs: Application of ice packs decrease pain and stiffness of heel. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a pain management specialist.

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I am suffering from neck pain as I can't move around my neck and it's painful. Also I have LBP & radiation in both leg & it's always tingling.in night I sleep by bending my both leg & due to muscular pain some time unable to sleep. Pls suggest mediation.

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
I am suffering from neck pain as I can't move around my neck and it's painful. Also I have LBP & radiation in both le...
Back pain with radiation to leg and tingling is due to disc bulge or prolapse causing nerve compression. This condition is commonly known as Sciatica. In mild and initial cases, medicines like anti inflammatory drugs and analgesics help along with exercise. In simple cases of Sciatica patients can benefit from procedure called epidural steroid injections. The drug is injected in epidural space (surrounding the spinal cord) which decreases the inflammation and pain of disc pressing on nerve. The procedure is done in operation theatre by interventional pain specialist using X Ray machine. It relieves pain of Sciatica and patient can easily start physiotherapy after this. Sciatica associated with leg weakness, loss of control over urine and stools requires urgent decompression surgery. In your case you should get consultation with a pain specialist in your city and get MRI Lumbo sacral spine done and proceed accordingly with further treatment. Your neck pain can be due to muscle strain. Simple over the counter antiinflammatory drugs along with exercise will help.
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I feel headache in the morning when I start to work in my office in front of computer. Because of this I am unable to work effectively. After some hours it decreases automatically. Is it normal or do I need a medicine.

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
I feel headache in the morning when I start to work in my office in front of computer. Because of this I am unable to...
This headache can be due to refractive errors. Get your vision checked first and wear spectacles if needed. This should take care of the headache. If vision is nòrmal, other causes of headache need to be looked for. For relief from headache you can take over the counter available analgesics like Ibuprofen or Paracetamol. Follow these lifestyle changes to avoid headache 1. Maintain regular sleep wake cycle, even on holiday's. 2. Don't skip meals. Take regular healthy diet with adequate fluids 3. Do not consume excess caffeine / carbohydrates / alcohol or smoke. 4. Exercise daily ( aerobics and cardiovascular) 5. Identify your headache trigger and try to avoid it.
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Abdominal Pain - Know the Causes Behind It!

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
Abdominal Pain - Know the Causes Behind It!

There is hardly any individual across the world, who has not experienced abdominal pain. In most instances, these aches are not very serious and can be diagnosed and treated by addressing the underlying condition. It is very crucial to recognize the symptoms which are severe and know when an individual should seek medical assistance. 

Most common causes of abdominal pain: 

Some of the most common causes of abdominal pain include indigestion, infection, menstrual cramps. It may also be due to food poisoning and allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, gas formation and bloating, lactose intolerance, pelvic inflammatory disease or ulcers and hernia, gallstones and kidney stones, urinary tract infection, Crohn’s Disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease. 

Some patients have abdominal pain but the source of pain lies in the spine. These patients are often seen by multiple doctors and have undergone many tests but their diagnosis is never established. These patients should visit a pain specialist to reach a diagnosis and treatment plan. They have conditions like neuropathies or facet joint arthritis which cause abdominal pain due to a condition known as referred pain. 

Symptoms of abdominal pain that are cause for concern: 

  1. Abdominal pain along with any sign of dehydration or fever or is unable to pass stools.
  2. Abdominal pain associated with tenderness in the abdomen, painful and frequent urinations or persistent loose motions or bloody/ tarry stools. 
  3. Severe or recurrent abdominal pain.

Determining the cause of abdominal pain and treating it.

  1. Detailed medical history and thorough physical examination would be performed. Further tests like USG, Endoscopy etc may be needed to reach a diagnosis. 
  2. The treatment of abdominal pain is entirely dependent on the cause of the pain. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor.
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Any time headache problem and Can not sleep There is a lot of pain in the eyes. I feel very weakness.

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
Any time headache problem and Can not sleep There is a lot of pain in the eyes. I feel very weakness.
Headache with eye pain can be due to cluster headache or eye problem. To diagnose cluster headache, details of headache pattern is needed. Eye problems will need evaluation by an ophthalmologist. Characteristics of Cluster headache are: 1. Severe unilateral headache around the eyes. 2. Headache lasts for 15 to 180 minutes. 3. There is Redness or watering of eyes/ nose, Eyelid swelling, Severe restlessness or agitation. 4 Headache can occur once every alternate day to 8 per day. This is just a brief outline. In such headache conventional painkillers are not generally effective and specific medicines are to be taken to prevent headache. Most patients get relief by taking oxygen inhalation. You should consult a Pain physician for further evaluation and management.
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Yesterday night I worked on my laptop and I was feeling very tired. Then when I went to sleep, I could not sleep properly because there was a pain at my lower back head. Today morning when I woke up I had a bad time waking up because I felt that much restless. My head was aching badly and that sensation was like a shock. I don't know how suddenly this happened. Because yesterday evening I was fine. Also today I am having a pain in my eyes. I haven't had such an experience ever. What could have caused this? And will crocin be fine for this?

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
Yesterday night I worked on my laptop and I was feeling very tired. Then when I went to sleep, I could not sleep prop...
Such pain can occur due to strain on neck muscles as a result of poor ergonomics at computer work. You can take over the counter available analgesics like paracetamol or Ibuprofen for relief. Take the medication for at least one day. Follow these lifestyle changes to avoid headache 1. Maintain regular sleep wake cycle, even on holiday's. 2. Don't skip meals. Take regular healthy diet with adequate fluids 3. Do not consume excess caffeine / carbohydrates / alcohol or smoke. 4. Exercise daily ( aerobics and cardiovascular) 5. Identify your headache trigger and try to avoid it. 6 Do not sit on bed for laptop work. Use desk and chair. 7. Take breaks between laptop work and splash eyes with water If problem continues, consult again.
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I have headache issues all the time while studying, tv or any other thing. please suggest me something. Thank-you.

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
I have headache issues all the time while studying, tv or any other thing. please suggest me something. Thank-you.
Persistent headache while reading or watching tv can be due to refractive error. Get your vision checked first and wear spectacles accordingly. If vision is normal other causes of headache need to be looked for like tension headache, migraine, sinusitis, cervical spine problems, tumor, infection etc. For this details of your headache pattern is required. Follow these lifestyle changes to avoid headache 1. Maintain regular sleep wake cycle, even on holiday's. 2. Don't skip meals. Take regular healthy diet with adequate fluids 3. Do not consume excess caffeine / carbohydrates / alcohol or smoke. 4. Exercise daily ( aerobics and cardiovascular) 5. Identify your headache trigger and try to avoid it.
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Sir meri age 21 h mere 2 month se left side chest me pain hora h ECG normal our cheast ka x_ray and hath ka bhi normal aaya hai aaya hai our hath pero me dard kabhi kabhi hota h fir teek ho jata hai our kabhi kabhi hath pero me vibretion hoti hai kahi heart problem to nhi plzzz help me which test better echo or TMT help me.

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Pain Management Specialist, Pune
Sir  meri age 21 h mere 2 month se left side chest me pain hora h ECG normal our cheast ka x_ray and hath ka bhi norm...
Heart problems are uncommon at your age. ECG is normal but to be on safer side get ECHO and TMT done. As per your other symptoms you could be suffering from myofascial pain syndromes or Fibromyalgia. I would suggest you to undergo ECHO and TMT first. If they are normal consult a pain specialist. Don't worry these pain conditions can be managed easily with medicines and nerve blocks if needed. For further queries consult again.
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Now a days I am feeling tension head ache due to that my sleep is being disturbed. Please suggest remedies. Moreover I am a BP patient since 5 years under medication. My BP reads 140/90 generally. I am 60 years old and suffering from ED as well.

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Now a days I am feeling tension head ache due to that my sleep is being disturbed. Please suggest remedies. Moreover ...
Your BP is under control. Any new onset of headache at your age needs evaluation as it can be due to some brain pathology. Take simple analgesic like paracetamol for relief of headache but if headache persists you should consult your doctor for test like MRI scan of brain. In case of symptoms like sleepiness, weakness of hands or legs or tingling numbness or loss of control over stool and urine consult your doctor immediately.
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I am suffering from depression and severe headache from long time. Can you suggest me some medicines to cure?

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
I am suffering from depression and severe headache from long time. Can you suggest me some medicines to cure?
Depression and headaches can lead to one another or coexist. In your case, further details like character of headache and feature of depression are needed. Specially any treatment you have taken so far. Both conditions can be managed by medicines, lifestyle changes and intervention if needed. For headache treatment like botulinum injection or occipital nerve blocks can help depending on the cause of headache. Follow these lifestyle changes to avoid headache 1. Maintain regular sleep wake cycle, even on holiday's. 2. Don't skip meals. Take regular healthy diet with adequate fluids 3. Do not consume excess caffeine / carbohydrates / alcohol or smoke. 4. Exercise daily ( aerobics and cardiovascular) 5. Identify your headache trigger and try to avoid it.
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I am getting headache along with whole body pain Headache along with whole body pain.

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
I am getting headache along with whole body pain
Headache along with whole body pain.
Headache along with body pain can be due to viral fever, dengue, infections or exertion. Take over the counter medications like paracetamol for relief. If problem persists consult your local doctor for blood tests and further management.
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Arachnoiditis - Pain Management Techniques For It!

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
Arachnoiditis - Pain Management Techniques For It!

Arachnoiditis is a sort of inflammation of the defensive layers of the spinal canal. You can envisage it as the scar tissues that enlarge in the arachnoid lining. Also the lining can turn out to be inflamed due to the recurrent intervention on the spine, a lot of surgeries can lead to the scarring, for instance. It can also expand due to definite type of the spinal infections as well as due to the chemicals of epidural steroid injections, particularly if these kinds of chemicals get into the spinal fluid.

As the disease increases day by day, the symptoms also become bigger in magnitude. A lot of people who are suffering from this type of problems are incapable of working. Further due to Arachnoiditis the following symptoms are likely to happen

  1. Grounds of the nerve roots to plod together
  2. The nerve pain
  3. The numbness
  4. The tingling

Radio Frequency rhizotomy is primarily effectual on the joint pain. Patients who are good candidates for the RF have the pain whilst they're doing activities that increase the stress of the spine. Also the RF blocks all the nerves around the joint from sending the pain signals to the brain, as well as that pain free period normally lasts around one year. In that time, patients have to learn regarding the postural correction as well as the good body mechanics. RF presents the patients an option to get back their mobility as well as provide training regarding the movements of their daily lives with the less pain.

The details of information about drugs which might help arachnoiditis:
There are lots of pain management treatments available. Further patients might try the medications to find out the pain relief. A number of options are:

  1. The NSAIDs ( one kind of the anti-inflammatory drugs)
  2. The corticosteroids kind of drugs
  3. The anti-spasm type of the drugs
  4. Also an anti-convulsant drugs as well as
  5. The narcotic type of the pain relievers

A number of these types of medications might be given with a spinal pump. That is the little device which is entrenched under the skin and it then distributes the medication straightly to the inflamed area.
Also the patients might also take the spinal cord stimulation. On the other hand, the natural type of the treatments can assist, also, as well as it can often be utilized in conjunction with the prescribed type of the medication. You can also consult with a doctor about your options regarding your treatments.

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Slipped Disc - 4 Ways to Treat it!

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
Slipped Disc - 4 Ways to Treat it!

Are you prone to Slipped disc problem? + the ideal way to treat it. 

A slipped disc, also known as a prolapsed disc or herniated disc, is the term given to the phenomenon that occurs when a cartilaginous disc found between the vertebrae in the spine becomes slightly displaced or protrudes, thereby pressing on the nerves in the adjacent areas and causing back pain

This happens when the soft inner part of the disc, known as nucleus pulposus, bulges out through a weakness in the exterior part of the disc. A prolapsed disc usually occurs in the lower region of the spine and can be of varying sizes. There might even be the development of inflammation around the disc in some cases. 

Who is likely to get affected? 
Most cases of herniated disc occur in patients between the ages of 30 and 50. The number of men affected is twice as many as the number of women. Although the root cause of this problem is not yet known, there are a number of factors that may trigger it. These factors include working at a job that requires a lot of lifting, an occupation that involves remaining in a seated position for a long time, weight-bearing sports, obesity, smoking habits and increasing age.

Effective ways of treating the problem 
The different methods that are commonly used to treat the problem are: 

  1. Medications - There are many different kinds of medicines that are effective in providing relief. These include painkillers, muscles relaxants, anti-inflammatory pills, etc.
  2. Spinal (Epidural) injections - A number of spinal injections are used to treat slipped discs. The injection is done in operation theatre under X-Ray imaging to find exact level of disc bulge. The injection consists of drug mixture of local anaesthetic and steroid. The injection is done at the opening where the inflamed nerve roots are found and reduces pain, swelling and irritation in the area. 
  3. Radiofrequency ablation - This procedure makes use of an electrical current produced by radio waves to reduced pain and sensitivity in the affected area. 
  4. Ozone discectomy - As opposed to the surgical removal of the prolapsed disc, this new process makes use of an ozone-oxygen mixture that is injected into the spine to treat the problem. Many international studies have proved its superiority to traditional methods and surgeries. 

Those affected by this problem are advised to keep exercising and continuing with their everyday activities as best as possible. After any of the above treatment methods a regular spine and core strengthening regime is to be followed. Immediate surgical intervention may be needed in acute cases of disc prolapse causing nerve compression with neurological deficits like leg weakness or loss of control over urine and stools. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a pain management specialist.

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I am 35 year old female oftenly suffering from headache, I am using Paracetamol tablets but no result, kindly suggest me.

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
I am 35 year old female oftenly suffering from headache, I am using Paracetamol tablets but no result, kindly suggest...
Headache can be due to many reasons. Common causes being simple tension headache, headache due to refractive error (visual problems), sinusitis (sinus infections), migraine. Get your vision checked first. If you have sinusitis and headache you will have cough, nasal discharge or fever. Consult an ENT specialist in such cases. In simple tension headaches there is tight band like constriction at forehead. It will be relieved by simple analgesics and rest. Migraine headache is characterised by nausea, vomiting, intolerance to light and sound, throbbing headache. For migraine you need to take preventive medicines and make lifestyle changes. Details of your headache pattern are needed to reach a diagnosis. Follow these lifestyle changes to avoid headache 1. Maintain regular sleep wake cycle, even on holiday's. 2. Don't skip meals. Take regular healthy diet with adequate fluids 3. Do not consume excess caffeine / carbohydrates / alcohol or smoke. 4. Exercise daily (aerobics and cardiovascular) 5. Identify your headache trigger and try to avoid it.
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My brother aged about 25 years met an accident while he was riding on a bicycle. Moped bike hit him, on the spot he fell down, lost his consciousness and vomited, fresh blood continuously bleeding from the right ear for past 3 days, immediately he was admitted in reputed SVIMS hospital in India and the doctors did CT scan and they haven't come to the conclusion what to do, i.e either operation to be done or not, and the doctors were giving steroids and NS frequently, whenever he comes out form drouzy he shouting with pain, and MRI also done today and waiting for reports hence, I request you that, pls let us know that what might be his head condition? And what is the best prevention.

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
Your brother must have suffered from fracture of skull bones with brain injury/ haematoma or haemorrhage. You haven't mentioned whether he is in ICU/ ventilator or on support systems. Mostly such situations are life threatening. You can't do much in such situation except let doctors do their best. Make sure he is under care of Neurosurgeons and Intensivist (doctors specialised in ICU care). CT scan reports are important for diagnosis and treatment. All the best. Hope he recovers well.
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Hello Doctor, I experience frequent headache with eye pain. Most of the times I feel my head and eyes heavy especially when I wake up.

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Pain Management Specialist, Pune
Hello Doctor, I experience frequent headache with eye pain. Most of the times I feel my head and eyes heavy especiall...
You might be suffering from Cluster Headache or Paroxysmal Hemicrania. For accurate diagnosis details of your headache pattern is needed. Characteristics of Cluster headache are: 1. Severe unilateral headache around the eyes. 2. Headache lasts for 15 to 180 minutes. 3. There is Redness or watering of eyes/ nose, Eyelid swelling, Severe restlessness or agitation. 4 Headache can occur once every alternate day to 8 per day. This is just a brief outline. In such headache conventional painkillers are not generally effective and specific medicines are to be taken to prevent headache. Most patients get relief by taking oxygen inhalation. You should consult a Pain physician for further evaluation and management as treatment methods like Sphenopalatine block can give you good relief.
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I am 32 year's female from last 25 days I am suffering from heel pain Local doctor advice me test uric acid I test but report is normal Please advise me what I do My heel pain.

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Pain Management Specialist, Pune
I am 32 year's female from last 25 days I am suffering from heel pain Local doctor advice me test uric acid I test bu...
Details of your heel pain pattern are needed to reach a diagnosis. Most common cause of heel pain is Plantar fascitis. The treatment mostly is conservative and lifestyle modifications to achieve maximum functionality with minimum pain. Follow these lifestyle changes religiously to get benefit. 1. Reduce body weight as obesity will aggravate the stress on heel. 2. Avoid exercises like running / walking on hard surfaces. Stop such activities when you start developing pain. 3. Roll your feet on bottle of cold water for 20 mins 4 times a day or can apply ice pack. 4. Use shoes with silicone sole inserts. 5. Do calf muscle and heel stretches daily. 6. Avoid prolonged standing or sitting. 7. Use night splint to keep foot flexed at night. Stop using it once pain is relieved. 8. Use analgesics like Ibuprofen for decreasing pain and inflammation. In severe cases, therapy like PRP injection can give good results. Consult a pain specialist for such treatment options. With proper lifestyle changes as above 90 % patients have relief and functionality. Only 10% patients would require surgical intervention like plantar fascia release or gastrocnemius recession.
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Sciatica Pain - How To Treat It?

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Pain Management Specialist, Pune
Sciatica Pain - How To Treat It?

Ever faced a nagging low back ache that just won't quit? You could be dealing with sciatica. Sciatica or sciatic nerve pain is not a diagnosis in itself, but is a symptom of a deeper problem. Conditions that trigger sciatica include degenerative discs, spinal stenosis, a herniated disc in the lumbar region or spondylolisthesis. Whether your sciatica pain is persistent or sporadic, it can make routine tasks difficult to perform. The good news is that there are a number of remedies to ease this pain and improve the health of your spine:

  1. Hot and cold therapy: Sciatic pain that extends down to the thighs can be relieved by alternating between a heat pack and an ice pack. Each pack can be applied for about 20 minutes at a stretch every two hours. However, this does not treat the sciatic nerve itself.
  2. Pain medications and steroid injections: Over the counter pain medication like ibuprofen or muscle relaxants can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. In chronic cases, epidural steroid injections may also be prescribed to address the inflammation and pain. Pain relief provided by medication and steroid injections can last for a few days or a few months depending on the person.
  3. Yoga: Sciatica patients looking for long term relief often turn towards alternative forms of treatment like yoga. Yoga helps strengthen muscles, increases flexibility and improves posture. This is more beneficial towards preventing sciatica problems from arising than treating ongoing sciatic pain. When practicing yoga with a sciatica problem, it is very important to understand your body's limitations and not over extend your back muscles.
  4. Massage: A massage that treats sciatic pain is very different from the usual massage you may get at a spa. A massage to relieve sciatic pain involves putting pressure on the inflamed part of the back and the piriformis muscle. This is the muscle that sits over the sciatic nerve and triggers sciatic pain. In most cases, 3 to 4 massage sessions at intervals of 7 to 10 days can have effective results on sciatic pain.
  5. Physical therapy: Sciatica patients often find the slightest movement extremely painful. While lying in a bad is tempting, it can actually worsen the pain. Exercise increases blood flow to the spine and helps flush out toxins. Going for a walk, light aerobics or swimming are ideal ways for a sciatica patient to exercise.
  6. Chiropractic manipulation: This involves realigning the spinal column and is an effective way of treating underlying conditions that trigger sciatic pain. These spinal adjustments should only be performed by licensed chiropractors or osteopathic physicians. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a pain management specialist.
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