The treatment for failed back surgery is broad and contingent on why the patient experienced failed back surgery in the first place. It is crucial that your Arizona pain management doctor be given the clear explanation of the prior condition and why surgery was essential. Your AZ pain doctor will then examine the current symptoms to determine which method of treatment is needed.
In many cases, x-rays and possibly an MRI are necessary to help assess the condition. Doctors are conservative with revision surgery when the first back surgery has failed, as results the second time around are typically not so fabulous. There are other ways to treat failed back surgery that are conservative with less risk.
For patients who have experienced failed back surgery and want to avoid a revision procedure, medications are often given. Over-the-counter medications and anti-inflammatories are recommended for pain relief, along with Tylenol. Inflammation reduction is helpful in eliminating pain, even when symptoms are chronic.
In the most severe cases, narcotic medications may be necessary. An Arizona pain specialist is needed to carefully monitor dosages and provide medication at an acceptable baseline. Some patients benefit from a combination of therapy and medication to reduce painful symptoms of failed surgery.
2. Physical therapy and chiropractic care
Physical therapy and Phoenix chiropractor care offer effective results. From stretching to strengthening, physical therapy is designed to reduce pain while improving the integrity of muscles. Electrical stimulation, ultrasound and application of heat and ice are beneficial. Massage can be provided to help break up scar tissue and relieve pressure on areas that cause pain.
Chiropractic care may also be ordered in combination with physical therapy. Spinal decompression therapy may be extremely effective at pain relief. Patients report significant relief after just one treatment of chiropractic care.
3. Interventional Pain Management Treatments
A highly effective treatment for failed back surgery includes trigger point injections, facet blocks, radiofrequency ablation and other injections that provide numbing relief from pain. Patients who have had failed back surgery often experience pain around hardware that has been placed in the back and scar tissue. Injections can provide relief from the pain, even when chronic.
For instance, if you have degeneration of the levels next to previously fused levels, then a radiofrequency treatment may help you avoid another procedure for a lengthy time period.
As a last resort, a spinal cord stimulator implant may mask the pain and allow people to get back to work, playing with their kids and avoid depression. The stimulator is designed to alter the brain perception of pain signals and convert the symptoms of pain into a more tingling sensation. The treatment is highly effective, although used as a last resort when all other treatments fail to provide the results needed to live comfortably.
For the most effective Arizona pain center treatment available, let Arizona Pain Specialists help you with your failed back surgery syndrome. The Board Certified, Award Winning team has 4 locations to serve you and takes over 50 insurance plans. Call (602) 507-6550 for more information and scheduling today!