Failed Back Syndrome

Failed back syndrome, or post-laminectomy syndrome, is a condition characterized by chronic pain following back surgeries. Because back surgery can only change anatomy, specifically decompress a pinched nerve or stabilize a painful joint, it does not always solve the problem. The main reason why back surgery is unsuccessful is simply because the structure operated on was not the cause of the patient’s pain.


Did You Know?

That while about 200,000 individuals undergo lumbar spine surgery every year, about 20-40% of patients will not be satisfied with their results, and about 10% will actually be worse after the surgery.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What causes failed back syndrome?

Failed back syndrome can be caused by a number of factors, but some of the most common are:

    • Structural and mechanical problems of the spine
    • Poor body mechanics and deconditioning
    • Alternative diagnoses that was not the actual cause of pain
    • A contributing cause of pain that was not initially diagnosed


Should I see a chiropractor for my failed back syndrome?

Since the majority of failed back syndrome cases pertain to structural and mechanical problems of the spine, chiropractic care can help correct these structural issues and relieve your pain. Chiropractic care can correct structural issues, improve body mechanics, identify trouble areas, and improve your mobility.


What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?

During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. He may also evaluate your spine, the surgical site, and ask you about your surgical procedure. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia may manipulate your spine, have you do rehabilitative exercises, work on flexion techniques, perform therapeutic massage, or employ other chiropractic treatments.  

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