Failed Back/Neck Surgery Syndrome

Failed back/neck surgery syndrome occurs when a patient has not had a successful result with spine surgery, and is continuing to experience pain.

About Failed Back/Neck Surgery Syndrome

Spine surgery, when necessary, is performed to eliminate chronic back and/or extremity pain, either by decompressing a pinched nerve root or stabilizing a painful joint, but in some cases the level of pain doesn?t improve post-surgery, or even worsens. There are many reasons that a surgery may be unsuccessful. Factors that can contribute to failed spine surgery include smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, and non-adherence to the post-surgical rehabilitation plan?but every patient?s situation is different, and spine surgery is successful or unsuccessful for reasons unique to each individual.

Diagnosis Of Failed Back/Neck Surgery Syndrome

Our physicians are board certified, and are dedicated to giving you a comprehensive exam that will aid in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms. Using advanced diagnostic techniques, our doctors will find out the reason for your pain, and then get you on the road to better health right away. Here are a few steps our physicians use when completing their comprehensive exams:

  • We take your medical history
  • We conduct a thorough physical exam
  • We carefully analyze your symptoms
  • We may order diagnostic tests, including x-ray, MRI, and nerve conduction studies, to help us diagnose your chronic pain

Once we have an accurate diagnosis, we will work together with you to create a treatment plan that will be successful for your chronic pain.

Possible Treatments For Failed Back/Neck Surgery Syndrome

We offer many different treatments to address the pain caused by failed back or neck surgery. Treatments include:

  • Biofeedback
  • Injection therapy
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Intrathecal Pumps
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Trigger point injection
  • Epidural steroid injection
  • Occipital nerve block
  • Alternative therapies
  • Medication management

Are you or a loved one living with chronic pain following back or neck surgery?

You don?t have to live in chronic daily pain. Pain and Spine Specialists can help?give our board-certified doctors a call today at 301-703-8767 (Maryland) or 724-603-3560 (Pittsburgh area).

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