Failed Back Surgery Syndrome | Work
Returning to your job with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) can be difficult, particularly if you have a physically demanding or laborious occupation. FBSS is a condition that refers to the continuing or newly developed symptoms after an unsuccessful neck or back surgery. Having to return to work while still experiencing spinal pain is not a pleasant thought, but you may not have a choice. If this is the case, your physician might suggest that you revisit conservative treatment options to help you get through each day.
Whether you work in an office, a shipping warehouse or a daycare, managing your FBSS pain during work hours will mostly likely be necessary. Conservative, or non-invasive, treatments that may help alleviate pain include:
• Medication – Your physician may suggest you take prescription or over-the-counter pain medication or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Be sure to follow proper dosages and keep enough on hand to aid you during the day.
• Rest – Resting your neck and back may be impossible at some jobs, but you should try to take a few minutes to lie on the floor with knees bent and arms flat at your sides. This can help relieve spinal pressure from standing or sitting for long periods of time.
• Cold/hot therapy – Applying a cold compress to painful areas in 20-minute increments may help calm inflammation. Applying heat might aggravate irritated tissues but can release muscle tension and promote blood flow. Alternating the cold and hot therapies may give you the best results while at work.
If working with pain is unbearable
For some people with failed back surgery syndrome and debilitating pain, going back to work seems impossible. If this sounds familiar to you, Laser Spine Institute might be able to help. Our orthopedic surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures that have helped tens of thousands of people find relief from neck and back pain. To learn more and to receive a review of your MRI or CT scan, contact Laser Spine Institute.