Alternative treatments for patients with failed back surgery syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a term describing the return of symptoms, or new pain, that the original procedure was supposed to treat. In this situation, patients are typically recommended to resume trying conservative treatment options that were attempted before their surgery, such as medication and physical therapy.

Many patients may also turn to alternative treatments such as yoga, chiropractic care and acupuncture that are outside of mainstream medicine. Although there is debate and continued research among the medical community about the effectiveness of these methods, there are many individuals who do report finding relief from FBSS with alternative treatments. It is important to work closely with your primary care provider to make sure that any new therapies you explore are compatible with your individual condition and any existing treatments.

More details about alternative treatments for failed back surgery syndrome

  • Yoga. The goal of yoga to improve the strength and flexibility of the body through various poses and by focusing on balance and breathing. It is believed to be effective for those with back pain by strengthening the muscles that support the spine. This takes pressure off the spinal column, slows spinal degeneration and can also relieve symptoms of neck and back pain.
  • Chiropractic medicine. Chiropractic care is an alternative medical practice which should be carried out by a licensed and certified doctor. A chiropractor directly manipulates the tissues in and around your spine to improve alignment, which can help to relieve nerve compression and reduce symptoms.
  • Acupuncture. In this traditional Chinese practice, an acupuncturist places thin needles at various points around the body. Acupuncture is believed to offer relief for back pain by releasing endorphins that block pain signals.

When to consider another surgery to treat FBSS

For patients with failed back surgery syndrome, the thought of undergoing another procedure may be a source of anxiety, despite the pain being experienced. However, your doctor or specialist may recommend it if a comprehensive course of conservative and alternative treatments do not seem to be improving symptoms.

The board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute are proud to perform minimally invasive spine surgery that can treat FBSS and other spine conditions. Our outpatient procedures involve a less than 1-inch incision, which spares muscles and offers less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.

To learn more, contact our dedicated team of Spine Care Consultants today for your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.