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Help for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

There is Hope for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome is an unhelpful term that hides the true issues concerning the mechanism of pain and subsequent therapies that patients with chronic radicular neuropathic pain are exposed to.  In fact, so many do not respond that medicine has coined the diagnosis of "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome" to categorize the surgeries that go wrong and do not help.Advanced surgical techniques have not quite reduced back pain experienced by most patients who have the notion that undergoing back surgery will change their conditions and hopefully improve their health. Despite such technology advances in surgery, many spinal surgeries don’t turn out as expected.

In some cases, patients will suffer from spine surgery pain, also referred to as failed spinal surgery pain, where they experience excruciating spinal pain after undergoing a surgery. Physicians refer to different patient end results and the reasons for their pain to help them determine how different patients respond to the treatment, how long they take to do so as well as how to curb these problems that seems persistent.

Quite a large number of people are victims of pain on their backs in the United States as shown through data collected, that approximately 85% of the older population in their lifetime suffers as a result from this. Studies conducted out over a period of years have revealed that the rate of spinal surgeries carried out has risen by 200%. About 200,000 lumbar laminectomies are said to be carried out each year in the United States.

Through research, it has been ascertained that Laminectomies and Discectomies are more likely to be more successful as compared to spinal fusion surgeries. According to a study published by Pain Medicine, the success rates of lumbar spinal fusions lie between 10% and 40%, and those of discectomies and laminectomies lying between 75% and 80%. From statistics collected, it shows that the more one undergoes spinal surgeries, the less the results turn out to be a success.

Lumbar/cervical pain refers to failed back pain that does not go away despite any form of medical assistance or that which seems to persist after medical assistance as defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain.

The following signs are evident after a back surgery has failed to respond to medical intervention that include; sharp pain experienced in the limbs, pain in the back and/or limbs as well as aching of the back and/or limbs. There are alternative treatments that can help ease the pain of a failed back surgery. Many times there has been substantial damage due to the surgery on top of what was already injured but the best chiropractic offices therapies such as therapeutic laser and PEMF for back pain can reduce the amount of pain and increase the function of the condition.