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Failed Back Surgery

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS), what a bummer.

What a bummer it would be to go through all the pain and discomfort of surgery (we tend to forget that surgery hurts), only to wind up with the same or worse pain that you had before.  Sadly, this happens so much in the United States, that it has been named Failed Back Surgery Syndrome or FBSS. The term “post-laminectomy syndrome” is used by some doctors to indicate the same condition as FBBS.

At Awesome Chiropractic, We want you to know that there is still hope.  If you want to skip reading this and would like to move forward now, call our office immediately and We will get you in (810) 225-7246.  Otherwise, read on…

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS), also called “failed back syndrome” (FBS), refers to chronic back and/or leg pain that occurs after back (spinal) surgery.  It is categorized as a chronic pain syndrome. Many things can contribute to the onset or development of FBSS. Some people have recurrent disc herniation, lasting post-operative pressure on a spinal nerve, altered joint mobility with instability, scar tissue, depression, anxiety, loss of sleep and deconditioning of spinal muscles.

If you have diabetes, vascular disease or autoimmune disease then these factors may alter your healing and results from spinal surgery.  Smokers are also at risk of poor recovery.

Here are some common symptoms for FBSS:

  • Dull and achy pain in the back and/or legs
  • Sharp, pricking or stabbing feeling in the arms and legs
  • Similar if not the same pain previous to surgery
  • Worsening of the original complaint
  • New complaints brought on by the weakness created by the surgery

From a biomechanical viewpoint, the immobility created by spinal surgery causes massive compensation at other vertebral levels.  Simply put, you are over stressed and often times weaker in a different area than you went in to surgery to resolve. 

Here is where our approach to spinal care can be helpful.  The new goal is to maximize what is left over.  First, we take some x-rays to see what has been altered.  We then study those films, do a complete spinal exam and come up with a plan to get the most out of the rest of the spine.

Specific chiropractic adjusting techniques can be performed on stronger areas in order to diminish the effects that the weaker areas pose.  There are other options to help stabilize the spine:  mechanical traction, exercise, whole body vibration and manual traction.  It all depends on the person and their individual circumstances.

The most important thing to note is even though there may be a failed back surgery, there does not have to be a failed rest of the spine.

Call our office today to see if We are a fit for you (810) 225-7246.

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