Have you undergone spine surgery, and still experiencing chronic back pain?
This phenomenon is known as “failed back surgery syndrome,” something we see all too often here at The Brisbane Spine Clinic.
Spinal surgery serves two main purposes, either to decompress a structure to achieve relief or to fuse structures that are unstable. Many of the clients we see that have had a poor result or got even worse from back surgery are usually quite devastated. They often do not understand why their back surgery hasn’t worked after their specialists may have informed them that “by cutting out the “herniated disc bulge” the nerve would not be pinched and pain should go away,”” or, “fusing the fragile and unstable spine will make it strong again, leading to the pain going away.” But in many instances, this is not the case.
It is important to understand a few things. Back pain, sciatica and spinal pain are a complex condition and we need to look past the X-Rays and MRIs to identify all aspects of your body in order to target all the factors that may be causing the ongoing symptoms.
While surgery may change the anatomy of the back, it does not change factors that may be the true cause of your back pain or sciatica in the first place; such as poor spinal movement patterns, hip joint dysfunction, or excess body weight just to name a few. The bottom line is, you simply cannot “cut out” the pain. It is caused by many other factors other than the bulging disc or compressed nerve, therefore, we need to identify and treat all the underlying factors to get a successful result.
Some of the possible factors that may cause a failed back surgery include but not limited to, nerve damage, failure of the implant or the prosthetic fusion parts, operating on the wrong levels or poor surgical techniques. Even after surgery, our body will move differently, for example, in spinal fusion surgery, when your spinal levels are fused and not moving, your body will transfer the extra load to adjacent levels of the vertebrae. This will over stress and load our joints and muscles which will cause ongoing pain and will require a comprehensive rehabilitation plan to achieve optimal outcomes.
To be recommended by your specialist that you will need back surgery or neck surgery is a scary process. While it is very useful for a very selected type of patient groups, it does not offer a complete solution to resolve the complex nature of back pain and sciatica.
We understand it is difficult for you to get over the hurdle of a failed back surgery, and leaves many patients wondering what they do from here. The Brisbane Spine Clinic has a special interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients who have experienced failed back surgery. If you are still experiencing chronic back pain after from your back surgery, and are unsure about what to do next, The Brisbane Spine Clinic is offering a risk free, obligation free initial consultation with our Senior Spine Consultant, Mr Justin Lin to assess your condition, and help identify the missing components contributing to your condition.
We understand you may prefer not to receive treatment straight away. The aim is to get to know you, understand where you are at with your condition, and offer our best opinion on an effective rehabilitation treatment plan moving forward.
From the moment you book in for your consultation till the completion of your spinal treatments, you will realise The Brisbane Spine Clinic difference.
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