Post Spine Surgery Pain

What Causes Post Spine Surgery Pain?

Spine surgery is commonly performed to treat neck and back pain. Surgical operations are typically performed to achieve spinal decompression; and hardware such as cages, bone grafts, bars and screws is sometimes used, in spinal fusion surgery, for example. Pain sometimes linger long after surgical incisions have healed. It is not uncommon for patients to present with pain after a back or neck surgery or even a joint replacement.

The formation of scar tissue near the nerve root (also called epidural fibrosis) is a common occurrence after back surgery. It often occurs for patients with successful surgical outcomes as well as for patients with continued or recurrent leg pain and back pain. Scar tissue formation is part of the normal healing process after a spine surgery.

While scar tissue can be a cause of back pain or leg pain in and of itself, the scar tissue is rarely painful since the tissue contains no nerve endings. Scar tissue is generally thought to be the potential cause of the patient’s pain if it binds the lumbar nerve root with fibrous adhesions.

The pain treatments for various post-surgical pain are many, usually involving a combination of physical therapy and rehab, injection medicine procedures, nerve blocks, and pain medication if needed.

Our Arizona pain specialists will address all symptoms and determine the best treatment plan for pain relief and pain control.

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