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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome


Failed Back Syndrome or Post Laminectomy Syndrome:

Failed Back or Post Laminectomy Syndrome refers to patients who have previously undergone surgical procedures to treat neck or back conditions but have persistent post-surgical pain. Failed neck or back syndrome does not imply there was a problem with the surgery or that something went wrong during the surgery.

Factors that may contribute to Failed Back Syndrome:

  • recurrent, residual disc herniation
  • altered joint mobility
  • instability
  • scar tissue (fibrosis)
  • smoking
  • depression/anxiety
  • deconditioning
  • diabetes, autoimmune disease, vascular disease

Treatments can include:

  • exercise
  • physical therapy
  • acupuncture
  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • epidural injections, nerve blocks
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • spinal cord stimulation
  • prescription medications
  • intrathecal pain pumps
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