Alternative treatments to failed back surgery syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a difficult condition to treat because it is challenging to determine why an operation was designed to alleviate failed or worsened symptoms. Also, those who have experienced failed back surgery syndrome often have a very negative impression of everyone practicing spinal surgery and sometimes of themselves for not recovering like everyone else.

If mainstream conservative treatments fail to bring relief for failed back surgery syndrome, a distressed patient might search high and low for alternative treatments. These can include mind-body interventions, energy therapies, biological based therapies or manipulative and body-based methods. Read on to learn about the alternative treatments available for failed back surgery syndrome.

What are manipulative and body-based methods?

Those who have undergone back surgery without finding relief for debilitating symptoms may seek relief through alternative or body-based methods of treatment, such as:

  • Acupuncture. Practitioners insert needles into various locations of the body in order to relieve pain. This ancient Chinese technique aims to restore and maintain health through seeking a balance between the forces of yin (cold, slow or passive principle) and the yang (the excited or active principle). This is achieved through unblocking the flow of vital energy, called qi, along pathways known as meridians.
  • Therapeutic massage. Practitioners rub, press or otherwise manipulate the soft tissues of the body in order to relax muscles and, in the case of myofascial trigger point massage, eliminate muscle knots that can cause symptoms in other parts of the body.
  • Chiropractic therapy. Practitioners make mechanical adjustments to the vertebrae. Some chiropractors associate all illness, including cancer and other major sicknesses, with spinal abnormalities. Others focus exclusively on nonsurgical methods of alleviating nerve compression in the spine.
  • Yoga. This ancient Indian practice uses various physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation training to help manage pain and maintain good overall health.

When chronic pain persists from failed back surgery syndrome

If you continue to have symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome despite several weeks or months of nonsurgical therapy, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our team can tell you about our minimally invasive procedures that are performed using small incisions and muscle-sparing techniques. Compared to traditional open spine surgery, our outpatient surgery offers a lower risk of complication and infection as well as no lengthy recovery,^ allowing our patients to find lasting relief from their spine pain.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain. If highly invasive traditional open spine procedures have failed to relieve your condition, Laser Spine Institute may be the answer that you are looking for. Our procedures use a small incision that is muscle sparing to offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ To determine if you are a candidate for our failed back surgery syndrome procedures, reach out to our team today and ask for a free MRI review.*