Pain After Surgery/Neck and Back

Failed neck/back syndrome (FBSS) can be described as chronic, severe neck/back and/or arm/leg pain that occurs after neck/back surgery. Multiple factors can contribute to FBSS, which can be extremely troubling and disabling.

What are symptoms of neck and back pain after surgery?

Symptoms may include diffuse, dull, and achy pain located primarily in the neck/back and/or arms/legs and sharp, pricking, and stabbing pain that radiates from the legs treatments may range from non-surgical to surgical depending on the cause(s) of pain.

What are causes of pain after neck and back surgery?

  • The original disease has reoccurred or was not treated completely. Examples include recurrent disc herniations and ongoing pressure on a nerve.
  • Complications may arise from surgery or the natural healing process that follows back surgery. A joint may become irritated because surgery altered the person's posture and way of moving. Scarring from surgery may cause nerves to become overactive and generate pain.
  • Other conditions may mediate ongoing complaint of back pain. Conditions such as depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and/or de-conditioning may be present and need to be treated when possible.

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