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.