When spinal injuries or painful back conditions are treated with invasive surgical procedures, pain can be relieved and full range of movement can be restored. In some cases, however, a condition known as failed back surgery syndrome can become a very real concern. For patients suffering from FBSS, treatment options are varied and may not include a second surgery.
What is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?
The chronic back and leg pain which can result from a surgical procedure, most commonly after a laminectomy, is known as failed back surgery syndrome. Recurrent disc herniation, post-operative pressure on a spinal nerve, scar tissue and joint hypermobility with instability can all be contributing factors to failed back surgery syndrome, which can have a significant negative impact on your quality of life.
Symptoms of FBSS, or post-laminectomy syndrome, can include a sharp pain in the back or legs, dull, achy pain in the back and pain which radiates to the thighs, buttocks or hips.
Non-Surgical Treatment for FBSS
When a failed back surgery causes persistent pain and discomfort, more surgery may not top your list of favorable treatment options. If you’re hesitant to have a second procedure, there is a host of non-surgical treatment options available to you. Look for a back pain center with a focus on multi-faceted, non-surgical treatment for failed back surgery syndrome. These treatments include physical therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, spinal injections and medications.
While corrective surgery may be required in severe cases, a back pain specialist may be able to help you achieve relief through non-surgical methods. Contact a back pain center or spinal specialist in your area to discuss treatment for failed back surgery syndrome.
Posted on behalf of Armin Oskouei