For many people, recovery from surgery is a long, arduous journey. Pain following surgery is common, but how do you know if your pain is normal, or if falls into the definition of “extreme” pain. Failed back surgery syndrome (also referred to as FBSS) refers to chronic back or neck pain that continues after a back or spine surgery if it does not achieve the desired result. Why not look for back surgery alternatives before committing to invasive surgery.
So what are the symptoms of failed back surgery? Here are some of the more common symptoms, including:
- Pain – Chronic, Acute, Nociceptive, Neuropathic, Radicular
- Disc herniation
- Increased joint degeneration
- Altered joint mobility
- Scar tissue
- Facet joint mobility
- Muscle de-conditioning
- Original symptoms return
What can be done for failed back surgery? Treatment may include one or more of the following; physical therapy, nerve blocks, medications, injections, spinal cord stimulation, or narcotic pumps. A pain management program may also be recommended, which could include chiropractic care.
If you’ve been told that you need back surgery, before making a final decision, discuss treatment options with your medical physician as well as your doctor of chiropractic to determine the best treatment plan for you. In many cases, surgery is not always necessary to address neck and back pain, and conservative, non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy or chiropractic treatment can yield beneficial results.
A team of doctors at McKim Chiropractic has developed the DRS Protocol™, an innovative spinal decompression therapy that relieves low back pain associated with spinal and disc problems. Treatment has helped many patients rediscover a pain-free life without traditional surgery and medications, with the added benefit of a quick recovery process!
Ask our doctors of chiropractic at McKim Chiropractic for a consultation and examination and to discuss back surgery alternatives. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID live a pain-free life.