No longer the ‘preferred’ term for back pain that remains following a back surgery that was supposed to alleviate it, failed back surgery syndrome has new names like ‘post-surgical continued pain’ and ‘persistent spinal pain syndrome’. Despite its name, if you have undergone back surgery and still experience back pain, you know how the pain can cloud your life, day and night. For many, this means not getting a good night’s rest, which can lead to more fatigue and lack of productivity throughout the day. Fortunately, there is hope for those who have persistent spinal pain syndrome (PSPS) after back surgery. New studies have indicated that using chiropractic spinal manipulation and even auricular acupressure can effectively decrease back pain and enhance the quality of sleep.
WHAT IS PSPS - Persistent Spinal Pain Syndrome?
PSPS is identified as persistent, new, or recurrent low back with or without lower extremity (radicular pain for 10%-40% of patients) pain after at least one or more back surgeries. It is most common in lumbar spine surgery and deemed ‘chronic’ at 3-months post-spine surgery because of the speed at which neuropathic pain sets in. (1) New Hampshire Spine and Sport has gentle, safe, alleviating treatment for post-back-surgery patients.
HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC SPINAL MANIPULATION HELP?
New Hampshire Spine and Sport uses evidence-based, well-researched chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic. A chiropractic study related the outcomes of 32 cases of post-surgical continued lumbar spine pain post-back surgery who were managed with (Cox®) flexion distraction spinal manipulation and mobilization. Relief was measured by numerical pain scale scores (0/no pain to 10/worst pain) and decreased by 4.1 out of 10 in a mean number of 14 treatments. Patients who had back surgeries that blended surgical approaches (like discectomy with fusion or laminectory) decreased even more with 5.7 out of 10. (2) Another study of 69 cases treated with (Cox®) flexion distraction documented that 81% of patients reacted with more than 50% relief of pain at the end of the treatment period (mean: 49 days, 11 treatments). At 2-years’ follow-up, 78.6% still experienced their pain relief. Mean relief of pain at the end of the treatment period was 71.6% and 70% at two-year follow-up. (3) Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Byron Folwell on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for post-back-surgery-continued back pain patients.
A HELPFUL ADJUNCTIVE APPROACH: WHAT IS AURICULAR ACUPRESSURE?
New Hampshire Spine and Sport appreciates effective non-surgical means to help our chiropractic patients get that extra edge of relief. Auricular acupressure is such an approach in which pressure is applied to specific points on the ear. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, but recently researchers have started studying its potential as a form of treatment for PSPS patients. A Korean study revealed that auricular acupressure decreased both pain and neurological symptoms related to PSPS. Researchers said it was an effective, safe, cost-effective, non-invasive intervention that may well improve pain, neuropathy, and sleep in PSPS patients. (1) Well, you can’t argue with those outcomes! Southern New Hampshire post back surgery continued pain patients would certainly appreciate them. Another study found that auricular acupressure was effective in reducing pain and improving the sleep of older osteoarthritic persons living in nursing homes. (4) Old and young alike, we all could use better sleep when having pain.
CONTACT New Hampshire Spine and Sport
Back pain after back surgery can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to keep you from sleeping or trouble you as much. If you are dealing with post-surgical back pain or poor sleep quality due to PSPS, make your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment with New Hampshire Spine and Sport today to explore how chiropractic can help you!