Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

In people with previous spine surgeries presence of persistent back pain is referred to as failed back surgery syndrome or post-laminectomy syndrome. Although the surgery was technically successful, factors like pseudoarthrosis and continued degeneration of the spine above or below the level of the operated spine lead to recurrent stabbing or shooting or dull aching pain of the back and legs.

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My mom is having a disc problem. Is it good to have surgery or physiotherapy?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother, aged 41, has been suffering from back pain, hip pain which became leg pain and foot numbness for almost three months now. She went to an orthopedician and had an MRI of the lumbar spine, which revealed a problem in the L5-S1 disc. I would really appreciate if you can assis...  Read Full »


Dr. James F Geiselman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your question and your attached MRI reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As the MRI report stated, there is a disc bulge at L5-S1 causing the numbness and leg pain. Has your mom been to a chiropractor before? What was your orthopedic s...  Read Full »

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