Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) is a general term that is used to describe the condition patients suffer from when they have not had a successful result with surgery on the spine. FBSS describes the chronic back, neck, arm or leg pain that fails to respond to surgery or returns following a period of relief following surgery. Many factors can affect the results of spine surgery. It is possible that the “pain generator” addressed by your back surgery wasn’t the only one causing your pain symptoms and that other pain generators have not been adequately treated. Sometimes, surgery causes scar tissue which can entrap nerves at the operative site resulting in the return of arm and leg symptoms for which the surgery was originally performed. Fusion surgery where two spinal segments are fused together can, over time, cause painful degeneration at the disc levels above or below the fusion level resulting in the return of back and neck pain.
The most common symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome include familiar diffuse aching pain involving the back and neck that may be chronically dull with episodes of sharp stabbing, intense pain with activity. A throbbing ‘toothache-like’ pain in the arm or leg that is associated with tingling, numbness and weakness is common.
Sometimes it might be possible for some patients to get pain relief from Failed Back Surgery Syndrome with modification and restriction of physical activities along with physical therapy to help you build strength and flexibility. For others, facet joint injections or repeat epidural injections may be helpful in minimizing the discomfort and pain. Back braces can be helpful to lessen pain during strenuous activity but are rarely helpful and are poorly tolerated in day-to-day activity. Repeat surgery can be helpful for arm and leg pain especially from recurrent disc protrusions but rarely, if ever, provide relief for persistent back or neck pain.
To learn more and get help for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.
Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine treatments for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome use your body’s repair mechanisms to heal degenerated or damaged joint tissue. The challenge in treating FBSS is diagnosing the cause of the persistent pain. This may require a series of ‘diagnostic’ injections of various potential pain generators in the spine. Diagnostic injections or ‘blocks’ temporarily numb a selected structure in the spine. If that structure is the cause of the patient’s pain, the pain should disappear when numbing medication is applied. Once a structure is established as a pain generator, it becomes a target for highly focused Regenerative Orthopedic injections. These injections are performed using advanced imaging techniques to apply bone marrow stem cells and/or platelet-rich plasma to damaged ligaments, joints, or discs in the spine to address symptoms. Regenerative injections can address degeneration and injury in these painful structures and establish a healing micro-environment that serves to restore and support normal tissue and function. The muscles around the spinal joints in your back and neck will begin to relax as a result, and you can often return to the normal range of motion and flexibility experienced before the onset of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.
Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine treatments with stem cells and platelet rich plasma offer the possibility of healing damaged and degenerated spinal tissues to help you return to a comfortable, active and productive lifestyle by improving stiffness, pain and spine function with greater mobility.
To learn more about stem cell treatment, platelet rich plasma (PRP) or alpha-2 macroglobulin and get help for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.
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