Diagnosing Chronic Pain After Back Surgery


Most patients undergoing surgery will relive themselves from the discomfort of pain after back surgery. It is not unusual for some of them to still experience pain for a long period after the procedure. Scar tissues or an incomplete procedure will continue de disrupt the patient’s life. The scar itself will not feel pain, since it does not contain any pain receptors, but it will press against surrounding nerves. Common symptoms include leg pain or chronic back pain.

Controlling the causes of chronic pain after back surgery is an important step in recovery and pain control is implemented as a measure. Applying ice and using certain movements and positions will temporarily remove the pain. Further steps need to be taken for a complete rehabilitation, including chiropractic assistance, lifestyle changes and regular exercises.

It may be required for the patients to “live” with the chronic pain present for a large period of time, inflicting physiological and psychological side-effects. Untreated chronic pain will affect the immune system and may prevent the patients from obtaining a comfortable sleep. Traditionally chronic pain was dismissed as being psychological since no organic cause was found, and the subjective nature of pain is difficult to transmit. Chronic back pain is especially hard to treat when dealing with failed back surgery.

Pain management is a complex system of many disciplines to use in studying, preventing, evaluating, diagnosing and treating pain resulted from injury, surgical intervention, cancer and other causes. It ranges from neuropathic pain to light headaches. It may even be implemented as an alternative to back surgery to deal with the effects of the pain rather than the causes.

Addressing the different pain producing disorders requires a wide variety of techniques, from alternative approaches lacking experimental support to well documented and clinically tested methods.

Noninvasive non-drug pain management is available for treating back-related pain. Simple methods such as active and passive exercises, aerobics and nutritional planning are complemented by more complex manual chiropractic techniques, behavioral cognitive therapy, skin stimulation and electrotherapy.

Noninvasive drugs are the next stage in pain management, offering pain alleviation for the duration of the treatment. Analgesics, aspirin and ibuprofen, muscle relaxants narcotics and antidepressants will be prescribed for neural pain.

A for invasive pain management methods, the most common are injections (for diagnosing the exact locus of pain, or for extreme cases of acute pain), followed by prolotherapy, implants and radiofrequency radioablation.

You will need to consult with your physician on choosing the best method to relief chronic pain after back surgery.