Can Stretching Offer Relief for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

It can be incredibly disappointing to experience ongoing pain after neck or back surgery. Still, many people have to deal with a condition known as failed back surgery syndrome, or FBSS. This refers to new or continued symptoms that occur as the result of complications related to spine surgery. If you are dealing with FBSS, your physician may refer you to a physical therapist. They can help you manage your pain with a variety of exercises, including stretching. 

Stretching Treatment for FBSS

There are many potential causes for FBSS that can make developing an effective treatment plan difficult. However, gentler stretching methods have been shown to help patients manage symptoms. Just a few of the many options include: 

  • Sedative Stretching. A relatively new concept, this method involves sedating the patient. This then allows a team of physicians to stretch various sections of the patient’s body. They can guide limbs and the spine to move with a full range of motion without the patient being subjected to pain. 
  • Restorative Yoga. Gentle yoga poses may provide relief from neck and back pain, while deep breathing and mindfulness can promote relaxation and better body awareness. 
  • Tai Chi. This method of exercise began in ancient china and involves slow, relaxed movements to stretch and strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and increase circulation.

Work closely with your doctor and physical therapist to develop a personalized stretching routine that is best for your FBSS as well as your particular needs and state of health. Listen to your body and stop at the first sign of discomfort. 

Minimally Invasive Surgery with BEST

If stretching or other conservative treatment have failed to provide pain relief, minimally invasive spine surgery at BEST Health System may help you get back to your daily routine. With our onsite MRI, we can help determine if you are a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures. Our procedures are performed with an incision that is typically less than an inch and offers patients a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication compared to traditional open neck or back surgery, including FBSS. 

Contact a member of our caring team to get more information about your treatment options!