Back pain is a common problem that affects a number of people no matter what age group they belong to. In cases when this pain becomes chronic, the doctors might advise surgical intervention for curbing the pain.
However, a significant amount of the time, back surgeries fail to produce the desired results and may end up causing more pain to the patient. For managing the severe pain resulting from a failed back surgery, pain management doctors in Arizona often utilize the following treatment methods.
Administration of Pain Medications Orally
The administration of oral pain medications is among the first treatments that are suggested by Arizona pain doctors for managing the recurring pain felt by patients who have been subjected to a failed back surgery. Usually these pain medications consist of a combination of NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) and possibly short term muscle relaxants. Studies have shown that the NSAIDs are more effective in lessening the pain suffered by such patients than the muscle relaxants. If these pain medications fail to curb the pain only then other treatment methods are explored by the doctors.
For acute exacerbations and for chronic pain that is not getting better with other additional treatments such as those mentioned below, narcotic medications may be indicated.
Physical Therapy & Chiropractic
Physical therapy is fast becoming an effective treatment method for pain management as well as improving functional ability in failed back surgery cases. Several studies have shown that the patients felt lesser pain and were able to move about more freely with the help of physical therapy.
In addition to physical therapy sessions, Phoenix chiropractor are also considered an effective method for treating the chronic pain felt by patients suffering from failed back surgery syndrome.
Interventional Pain Treatments
Phoenix pain management doctors have quite a few options for pain relief. One of the issues with failed back surgery is if a spinal fusion is performed, the levels above and below may degenerate and become painful.
So options for interventional procedures may include facet blocks, medial branch blocks and radiofrequency ablation. These procedures may allow for months of pain relief. An additional option is for the pain management doctor in Phoenix to inject around any spinal hardware to see if that provides relief. It could happen, especially if the fusion did not occur and the hardware becomes loose.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
The use of spinal cord stimulation is another Scottsdale pain management method for curbing the pain suffered by failed back surgery patients. In this method, a stimulator is inserted in the epidural space of the patient which passes on small amounts of current to the nerve endings in the spinal column, resulting in an interruption in the pain signals being sent to the brain. The insertion of the stimulator is done percutaneously with the aid of a fluoroscope and involves making small incisions in the back.
Radiofrequency Ablation is one of the newly developed methods for pain management for patients suffering from failed back surgery syndrome. In this method the spinal nerves tasked with the duty of transmitting pain signals to the brain are destroyed for a temporary period of time using high energy radio waves. With these nerves destroyed, the patients may stop feeling the chronic pain that usually results from a failed back surgery. The radiofrequency ablation may be effective for upwards of one to two years.
The outcomes with failed back surgery may be very successful for pain relief, especially when considering how well a spinal cord stimulator may work. Well over 70% of the time, Arizona Pain Specialists is able to provide excellent relief for patients who have failed surgery in the past.
Arizona Pain Specialists has 5 locations and accepts over 50 insurances with several Board Certified, Award Winning pain management doctors in AZ. Call (602) 507-6550 for more information and scheduling today!