A failed back surgery syndrome diagnosis can bring many questions. One of the biggest, and most troubling, is whether or not a follow-up surgical procedure will be required. It is understandable to want to avoid having to go through the difficulties of another spine surgery, especially if the first one was not successful.
Because of this, patients will often recommit to the conservative treatment options they tried before the first surgery in an attempt to find lasting relief. Below are five nonsurgical treatments commonly pursued to relieve the symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome.
Conservative treatments for failed back surgery syndrome
If back surgery does not correct the condition it was intended to treat, causing new or returning symptoms, your doctor may suggest the following treatments, among others, to provide relief:
- Medications — including over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories
- Physical therapy — consisting of multiple stretching and strengthening exercises to improve flexibility and range of motion
- Epidural steroid injections — a numbing agent and an anti-inflammatory medication are injected into the epidural space of the spine
- Lifestyle changes — quitting smoking, better nutrition and improved posture can be helpful
- Alternative medicine — complementary treatments like acupuncture or chiropractic care are recommended by some doctors who practice holistic medicine
When to consider another surgery
For some, the right combination of conservative and alternative treatments can be effective enough that an additional surgery is not necessary. However, surgery becomes more likely if pain doesn’t respond to these treatments, or becomes worse.
At USA Spine Care, we specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures.^ Our surgeons treat a range of spine conditions, including failed back surgery syndrome, with muscle-sparing techniques that allow for an outpatient procedure.
To find out more about your options for failed back surgery syndrome surgery, contact us today. We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.