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Prior Surgical Intervention

Conditions_PriorSurgeryIn some instances, prior surgical intervention fails and back pain continues after an operation. Many different factors can contribute to failed back surgery, which basically either decompresses a pinched nerve or stabilizes a painful joint. These include a residual or recurrent disk herniation, persistent pressure on a spinal nerve, or scar tissue. Some patients may be predisposed to the condition, due to underlying health problems like diabetes or vascular disease.

Symptoms

  • Chronic back pain
  • Achiness in the back and legs
  • Sharp and/or pricking pain in the extremities

Treatment (and Prevention)

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)