Physical Therapy for FBSS Patients

Understanding the Potential of Physical Therapy for FBSS

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a condition that develops after a patient undergoes an unsuccessful spine surgery. Oftentimes, the pain is considerably worse than the pain of the original spine condition. FBSS can be very frustrating for patients because it makes further treatment seem daunting and not worth it. Physical therapy is an excellent option for patients slowly beginning an FBSS treatment program. 

The potential of physical therapy lies in its ability to address the root causes of pain, improve functional mobility, and enhance the overall quality of life for patients. Through a combination of hands-on manual techniques, therapeutic exercises, and education on proper body mechanics, physical therapists can help individuals regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the affected areas.

Primary Concerns of FBSS Patients

Patients with failed back surgery syndrome typically present a range of symptoms that can make certain activities, movements, and functions challenging. Some of the primary concerns faced by FBSS patients include persistent or recurring pain, limited mobility, and ongoing neurological issues. These individuals often experience chronic discomfort in the back and legs, as well as numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations.

During physical therapy, FBSS patients will work with their physical therapist to regain stability, build strength, and improve function. This therapy offers many nonsurgical benefits and helps patients live a more comfortable life. 

Common Exercises for FBSS Patients

During physical therapy for FBSS treatment, patients will participate in exercises to build core strength, improve flexibility, and promote proper body mechanics. Additionally, most physical therapists will encourage their patients to explore additional exercise modalities to encourage activity and a healthy lifestyle. Commonly recommended low-impact activities include:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Flat-surface biking

Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy for Further Treatment

If conservative treatments like physical therapy do not effectively provide relief for the patient’s FBSS symptoms, they may begin to consider further treatment. At BEST Health System, we work closely with FBSS patients to help them find relief from their chronic pain. We specialize in the surgical implantation of spinal cord stimulator devices, which effectively block pain signals from reaching the brain using tiny electrical impulses. 
If you are searching for a team of dedicated pain management specialists, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to learn about our spinal cord stimulation trials.