Back Surgery Specialist

CLI Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Chiropractor located in Palm Harbor, FL

Back pain affects an estimated four in five adults at some point in their lives, making it one of the most common reasons for missed work in the United States and the number-one cause of disability worldwide. Although back surgery is widely considered a permanent solution to back pain that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, it doesn’t provide complete pain relief for up to 10% of patients. The top-rated team at CLI Integrative Medicine in Palm Harbor, Florida provide comprehensive treatment options for adults living with post-surgery back pain. Call or book your appointment online today.

Back Surgery Q & A

What causes post-surgery back pain?

Chronic or severe back pain can be so debilitating that many people who live with the condition view surgery as the treatment option most likely to cure their problem and provide long-lasting pain relief.

Even so, for the vast majority of back pain cases, surgery is neither required nor advised. That’s because back surgery can fail to completely address the root cause or the contributing factors that lead to the recurrence of chronic back pain. For some people, this means returning to the same level of presurgical function and pain within a year or two of having surgery; for others, the pain returns more quickly.

Several factors can cause or contribute to ongoing pain following back surgery, including:

Epidural fibrosis

The normal formation of scar tissue around the nerve roots in your back is the leading cause of “failed back surgery syndrome,” a term used to describe situations in which back-pain surgery is considered ineffective or actually makes matters worse.

Adjacent-segment disease

Spinal fusion surgery puts patients at increased risk of recurrent back pain several years following surgery. This type of pain emerges when the area above or below the segment of vertebrae that was successfully fused begins breaking down, a condition known as adjacent-segment disease.

Recurrent disc herniation

Failed lumbar discectomy surgery typically results in recurrent lumbar disc herniation, which occurs when a torn disc doesn’t seal completely after surgery, leaving it weak and prone to rupture. Besides causing continued pain, a failed lumbar discectomy can also lead to long-term disability.

Can stem cell therapy help my back pain?

Stem cell therapy uses ultrasound-guided high-concentration injections of undifferentiated stem cells to reduce pain and stimulate and enhance your body’s natural tissue repair cycle.

Undifferentiated stem cells are a powerful form of regenerative medicine in that they can change themselves into almost any type of tissue and perform a near-complete range of healing functions.

Depending on the underlying cause of your post-surgical back pain, stem-cell therapy could help your body heal a problematic tendon, a strained muscle, or damaged cartilage. They can also help repair bone and ligament damage.

What other treatment options are available?

The team of physicians at CLI Integrative Medicine offer a comprehensive menu of holistic and noninvasive treatment solutions for post-surgical back pain, ranging from chiropractic care to therapeutic massage, cold-laser therapy, corrective exercises and stretches, and helpful lifestyle recommendations.

To find out how the team at CLI Integrative Medicine can help you, call the office today or schedule an appointment online at any time.