Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) describes a patient’s condition after he or she undergoes a spinal surgery that has been unsuccessful. FBSS may occur if the underlying condition was not accurately identified or when complications arise and recovery does not go as planned. In these cases, pain and other symptoms are still issues that require further treatment.
Conservative treatment options for failed back surgery syndrome
A physician may recommend several different non-surgical treatment options, such as:
- Physical activity. Low-impact exercises, stretching techniques and/or physical therapy help support a healthy spine. Strengthening and stretching the muscles surrounding the spine can provide stability to help minimize symptoms.
- Hot/cold therapy. Hot compresses help to improve circulation while cold compresses can help to numb the pain. Alternating use between these two therapies may provide a short-term reduction in pain and other symptoms.
- Medications. Over-the-counter pain relievers with anti-inflammatory qualities can help reduce pain. Additionally, a physician may recommend a steroidal injection delivered directly to the affected area to reduce inflammation and provide temporary relief.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). A device with small electrical contact points can be applied to the skin close to an affected nerve to provide therapeutic stimulation. This option may offer relief from pain that has not responded to other treatment options.
How USA Spine Care can help
While conservative treatments are generally the first step in addressing the symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome, another surgical procedure may be necessary to effectively treat the condition. Failed back surgery syndrome treatment is available at USA Spine Care from experienced surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery that has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their spinal conditions.^
To learn more about receiving FBSS treatment at USA Spine Care, contact us today to receive your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.
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