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Sciatica Pain Treatment in Tampa

woman with sciatic nerve pain

What Is It?

Pain in the low back or buttocks that travels down the leg is called sciatica. Sciatica is a nerve irritation. While there are other causes, sciatica is commonly caused by disc herniation, a bulging disc or disc degeneration in the low back.

Discs are specialized cushions in the spine. Disc herniation or protrusion is a focal, more narrow displacement can press on nerve roots where they exit the spine. Herniation can result immediately from a trauma or gradually from years of repetitive stress such as movements, bending, lifting and sitting. Disc bulges, which are broader and more circumferential are generally associated with the gradual repetitive process of aging.

A Well-Rounded Approach

As sciatic nerve pain often occurs over many years, even decades, it can take a while to completely resolve. At Dr. Lichter and Associates, we utilize a multi-faceted approach to give you the best chance of a quick recovery. Chiropractic care is combined with modalities including electric stimulation, ultrasound, ice, heat, spinal decompression therapy and neuromuscular massage. The most difficult cases are referred for medical or pain management co-treatment if unresponsive to our drug free protocols.

In most cases no drugs or surgery are required.

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Over 30 years, we have found it is important to treat sciatica patients through three phases of care: Relief, rehabilitation, and maintenance.

Our first goal, relief, is to get you feeling as good as you can as fast as we can. Once we put out the immediate fire, we can then focus on restoring proper alignment and mobility to joints that may have become misaligned or stopped moving properly and stabilizing and strengthening the supporting muscles around the spine to help reduce the chance of re-injury or development of a chronic condition.

Some patients choose to continue with some level of preventive maintenance once they’ve completed active treatment. Periodic spinal adjustments can rectify small issues which result from routine daily living activities and help reduce the chances that you’ll have a recurrence of your condition. Maintenance also helps you avoid or slow the degeneration of your discs that occurs in most spines over decades of living.

For long-term effects, sciatic treatment should be thorough. Our commitment to the relief, rehabilitation, and maintenance process is what allows us to help patients achieve lasting results.

In the relief stage of care, you will be seen multiple times per week and, in addition to chiropractic adjustments, we may provide you with three or four different modalities. These modalities include ultrasound, ice, electric stimulation, and neuromuscular therapy.

We Are Here to Help You

The most common sciatica symptoms that bring new patients to our practice include:

  • Low back pain
  • Pain that travels down the back of the leg
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Buttock pain
  • Leg weakness
  • Leg cramping

Low back pain, leg pain, numbness, and tingling tend to be the leading indicators of sciatica. Buttock pain is also typical, with leg weakness and leg cramping accompanying only the more severe cases. No matter your condition – we are here to help you in any way we can!

Working Together

Sciatic nerve pain can be difficult to tackle. Long-term healing requires a joint effort on the part of the doctor and on part of the patient. If you are ready and willing to give a reasonable effort, you can be sure that we have a good chance of being able to make a difference in the way you feel.

Are you ready to get your sciatica under control? Schedule your appointment with us today and find out if our practice is right for you. Our treatments for sciatic nerve pain are personalized and effective.

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