What To Do When Previous Spinal Surgery Fails

Despite the technological advances and innovative techniques utilized during spine surgery, some patients continue to experience back pain after a previous surgical procedure. This may be the result of a recurrent disc herniation, pressure on a spinal nerve, or the development of excessive scar tissue. Fortunately, a laser spine specialist can provide relief for patients still experiencing painful symptoms after prior surgical intervention. Check out this overview of common treatment methods to learn more about your options following a failed spinal surgery.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a treatment method designed to make completing daily activities easier by improving muscle strength and flexibility, improving balance, and increasing range of motion. Physical therapy may be utilized alone or in conjunction with other conservative therapies and includes a number of modalities, such as: stretching, core exercises, weight lifting, manual therapy, heat or cold application, and ultrasound.

Nerve Blocks

Nerve block injections are commonly used to diagnose and treat back pain by injecting the area around the nerve with an anesthetic or numbing medication. Most patients experience rapid numbness and near-complete pain relief following a nerve block injection.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is a procedure in which low-level electrical signals are sent to specific nerves within the spinal cord to block pain signals from reaching the brain.

Trans-cutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation

Trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, therapy is similar to spinal cord stimulation in that it delivers low-voltage electrical currents through your skin to stimulate the affected nerves and distort their normal pain perception.

If you’re suffering from chronic back pain, sharp or pricking pain in your extremities, or an aching feeling in your back and legs, it may be time to contact a minimally invasive spine surgery specialist. As a leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Marc A. Cohen, M.D. with the Spine Institute of Marc A. Cohen, M.D. is devoted to treating adults suffering from a wide variety of spinal conditions. For more information on laser spine surgery and our other treatment methods, contact our office at (973) 538-4444.