How walking can help relieve failed back surgery syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) can occur when a traditional open spine surgery does not effectively treat a patient’s spine condition, or when it causes new pain or symptoms to arise. The painful symptoms of FBSS can be as bad, if not worse, than the original spinal condition that the failed surgery was intended to treat.

This can be extremely frustrating for a patient who is left to deal with continuous pain that should have been resolved by the initial surgery. If you are suffering from failed back surgery syndrome, understand that while this situation is incredibly frustrating, there are some things you can do to help reduce your pain.

One of the most beneficial activities to reduce the pain of FBSS is to walk. Walking can help loosen your muscles and prevent you from enduring even worse pain by being immobile. To learn more about the benefits of walking in easing the pain and discomfort associated with failed back surgery syndrome, as well as how Laser Spine Institute can help you find lasting relief, read the following article.

Benefits of walking for failed back surgery syndrome

Walking outside or on a treadmill to treat FBSS can be a great way to get your heart and lungs pumping and can also help you:

  • Strengthen muscles. Stronger core muscles provide better support for the spine and enhanced endurance.
  • Maintain bone and muscle mass. Long stretches of inactivity can weaken both bones and muscles. Exercise, on the other hand, can help keep them functioning properly.
  • Increase blood circulation. Better circulation allows the blood to pump nutrients and pull toxins away from injured areas in the body. This allows the body to promote faster healing.
  • Relieve muscle tension. Loose muscles may relieve pressure exerted on a pinched spinal cord or nerve root.

While the benefits of walking typically outweigh inactivity, you should always check with your doctor before starting any exercise plan, especially if you have been diagnosed with failed back surgery syndrome.

Laser Spine Institute treatment for failed back surgery syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome can be difficult to treat and conservative methods such as walking, pain medication or physical therapy may not provide enough pain relief. If you are seeking additional treatment options, you should contact the spine care experts at Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages of our minimally invasive treatments.

Our board-certified surgeons+ perform minimally invasive procedures that may be able to help you find relief from your FBSS neck or back pain. To receive a free MRI review* that can help determine if you are a potential candidate for our procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today. We have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief and we look forward to guiding you on your road to recovery.