Failed Back Syndrome Symptoms and Treatment


Failed back syndrome (FBS) or post-laminectomy syndrome, refers to chronic back and/or leg pain that is experienced after spine surgery. FBS is, therefore, not so much a specific diagnosis as it is a description. The term implies that the patient still has significant pain despite apparently appropriate surgery.


Common symptoms associated with FBS include dull, persistent and aching pain in the back, often at the incision site, and/or legs; sharp, pricking, and stabbing pain in the extremities may also be experienced, especially with movement.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Treatments for failed back syndrome may include medications, intermittent steroid injections (once a more specific pain generator is identified), physical therapy, exercise therapy, alternative medicine approaches manipulation.

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