Failed Back Surgery Syndrome in West Bloomfield, MI

Failed Back Surgery

Failed back surgery syndrome is a term used to describe individuals who have not achieved the result from they have had on their spine or back and continue to experience perpetuated pain in that area.

According to studies, as many as 50% of the 200,000 patients who have lower back surgery each year do not reach the alleviation of pain they wished for. Some even are in worse condition following surgery.

Reasons for Failure

There are many reasons why back and spine surgery is not always successful. Studies have found that often improper patient selection for the procedure is partially to blame. Sometimes recurrent disc herniation occurs after surgery. There is also the possibility of errors during the actual procedure.

Other causes include:

  • Changing anatomy
  • Operation on the wrong lesion
  • Implant failure
  • Nerve damage

The biggest reason back surgeries are not effective is that often the lesion that was operated and focused on is not the actual cause of the pain for the patient.

Proper chiropractic care can assist you in avoiding surgery altogether but may also help you with unrelieved pain from failed back surgery.


Many patients experience continuous pain. Some may notice difficulty in standing or walking. Often there is a dull ache that spreads through your back and neck and can even extend to your legs.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Patient Expectations

One of the most important things to remember is that that failed back surgery syndrome comes down to patient expectations. It is irrational to expect to eliminate back pain entirely overnight, but with proper chiropractic care and treatment, it might be possible to get rid of the half to three-fourths of an individual’s back pain or more.

Let Drs. Adam and Amanda Apfelblat help bring you better health and a better way of life through chiropractic wellness care by calling and making an appointment today.