If you have pain following back or cervical spine surgery, or have numbness or weakness, you are not alone. Even in the best surgical hands, many patients may have residual or worsening symptoms following even uncomplictated spine surgery, Sometimes an excellent surgical result may be adversely affected by subsequent injury or by the progression of degenerative pathologies as a patient ages or is stressed by a variety of activities or disease processes. Complex anatomic and physiologic relations among vulnerable neural tissues and degenerative or postsurgically altered osseous, joint, liganentous and vascular structures are often difficult to appreciate and diagnosis can be very challenging. Impalnted hardware and scarring can further complicate diagnosis and treatment by the interventionalist physician. Imaging studies such as MRI or CT scans, and electrodiagnostic studies oftentimes are not as helpful as they are widely thought to be. Further, associated peripheral pathologies are often involved and are more problematic than is commonly appreciated by many physicians.
We have successfully treated many post spinal surgery patients who have axial neck or back pain, or who have pain, burning or abnormal sensation and weakness in their arms, legs, feet and hands.. Please note that post spine surgery pain syndromes are extremely complex and difficult to treat. Therefore, multiple modalities are often used to treat radiculopathic, neuropathic, somatic and central pain components. Treatment is generally tailored to each individual patient and it may take some time before it is clear which therapeutic options are most effective.