A Close Look at Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and its Contributors

Operating Room - Failed Surgery

You’ve been suffering from chronic low back pain for as long as you can remember. You visit doctor after doctor, specialist after specialist, but experience minimal relief. Nothing seems to set you straight. You can keep taking those heavy-duty painkillers, but it seems like you need a higher dose to get the same results. Is there any relief in sight?

If you can relate to this type of situation, back surgery might not seem like such a bad idea. After trying everything and getting next-to-no results, what’s the worst that could happen, right? It’s easy to think back surgery is your best shot at solving your problem once and for all. But, the problem is, failed back surgery syndrome is just as common as a successful procedure.

Before you go under the knife, consider one more approach to correcting your spine: a comprehensive Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment schedule. The professional team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC will help you explore the possibilities of this approach to back pain relief before you have to make an invasive decision that ends in surgery.

What is failed back surgery syndrome?

Failed back surgery syndrome is less of a diagnosis and more of a general descriptor for pain and various ailments following an unsuccessful back surgery. In short, if you’ve gone under the knife to correct a spinal problem and didn’t come away with a solution to your original problem, it’s considered a failed procedure.

This problem becomes worse when you consider complications. Any surgery requires the opening up and tearing of muscles, which can potentially lead to long-term problems. Patients experiencing failed back surgery symptoms are usually still suffering from their original condition, as well as new issues as the result of surgery, including:

  • Reduced mobility;
  • Pain in new areas of the body;
  • Back spasms;
  • Dependence on pain medication;
  • Inability to fully recover.

Compounding problems

Surgical complications are just one of the many complications stemming from an unsuccessful surgery. Another concern is that even the best surgeons can only provide an educated guess as to where pain originates. Often, exploratory surgery is part of the process, which expands the plane of the spine being probed and invites more possibility for complications to arise.

On top of all of this, many spine surgeries are approached in isolation. For example, spinal fusion surgery will address spinal stability, but will do nothing for degenerative disc disease. Here, the surgical solution for one problem may make another one worse, leading to exacerbated symptoms in the future, culminating as failed back surgery syndrome.

Take the less invasive road

Spinal surgery should be a last resort for dealing with back pain, with the exception of rare cases when it might be the only true solution. Instead, it’s important to consider chiropractic first. Specifically, a CBP approach to long-term corrective care.

Depending on your condition, a chiropractor can tailor an adjustment plan around alleviating pain and restoring spinal integrity. Manipulations enable the spine to be moved back into alignment gently, with peripheral benefits coming soon after, such as better nerve health, decompression in discs, and better musculoskeletal support. When used in accordance with a CBP schedule, this modality can help affect long-term, lasting relief for back pain sufferers.

The important thing to remember is that chiropractic is a non-invasive, long-term, holistic approach to wellness that starts with restoring the spine to working order.

Save yourself the trouble of surgery

If you’re thinking about spinal surgery, consider targeted chiropractic first. If anything, it’s another non-invasive option to try before going under the knife.

The experts at Graybar Chiropractic strive to put Wilmington, NC patients on the road back to a pain-free life before it comes down to a question of surgery. Contact us today to learn more about the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach we use with all our patients.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

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