There are many reasons why post-surgical back pain happens. It may be because of the spinal surgery itself or from a lack of physical therapy before and after the operation. The spine is an intricate system that connects all body parts to one another, so any trauma can cause this type of discomfort. In addition, not getting enough time for rehabilitation after the operation can lead to post-surgical back pain.
Other causes include the patient’s pre-existing condition, such as osteoporosis or degenerative disk disease.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bone density is less than normal, making the bones brittle and more likely to fracture.
Degenerative disk disease happens when a patient’s disks deteriorate as they age. The disc between two vertebrae can wear away, causing pain or decreased mobility.
What are the Symptoms of Post-Surgical Back Pain?
Post surgical back pain can cause sharp or dull nerve pain, muscle spasms and mobility problems for patients.
Some symptoms of post-surgical back pain may include chronic lower back pain, stiffness, numbness in the legs and feet, tingling sensations in your arms or legs, or pain that radiates from your spine.
Common Treatments for Post-Surgical Back Pain
In order to relieve post-surgical back pain, a chiropractic doctor may recommend techniques such as:
Massage therapy- massage therapy can help alleviate pain not only by helping to release endorphins, but also through the stimulation of nerves and muscles. It is a great way to relax your body and mind in order to relieve pain.
Acupuncture- acupuncture is a Chinese medical practice that has been around for thousands of years. It uses thin needles to stimulate the body's energy flow or Qi which helps heal certain conditions. Acupuncture has been used across the world to help manage back pain and can be very effective on post-surgical back pain.
Spinal Decompression Therapy- this is a mechanical therapy that utilizes traction to help reduce pressure and tension on the spine, which in turn can help relieve post-surgical back pain. It also breaks down scar tissue and spasms around the discs of your spinal column, thereby helping create more space in the spinal column.
Physical therapy- Most post surgical back pain is due to inflammation caused by the wound and muscle spasms. A physical therapist can help you retrain your posture, stretch muscles, and improve coordination after spinal surgery.
Treatment for post-surgical back pain varies depending on the extent of your injury but Dr. Arthur Hoffman will typically prescribe a series of treatments that focus on relieving inflammation and chronic nerve compression along with targeted exercises to promote range of motion.
Dr. Hoffman will also recommend nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes that are designed to improve your general health, immune system functioning and overall ability to heal and lessen pain after back surgery.
How a Chiropractic Doctor Can Help with Post Surgery Back Pain
Chiropractic care is one way of alleviating this type of discomfort, as it gets to the source rather than just focusing on symptoms.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman and his team at The Glen are experts in post-surgical back care. They offer a variety of treatments for patients who have undergone spine surgery, including cold laser therapy and massage methods to help with the recovery process.
The Glen's post-surgical back care experts will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that can be tailored to your specific needs.
Why Choose Dr. Arthur Hoffman for Your Post-Surgical Back Pain?
Dr. Hoffman and his team are committed to providing their patients with the best quality of care they need.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman has decades of experience in spine treatment across all ages and types of injuries. Dr. Hoffman is a Board Certified Chiropractor, which means that he has the highest level of training in the field and continues to receive up-to-date advances in post-surgery back care techniques through continuing education courses.
More than just treatment, Dr. Hoffman and his team at The Glen help to diagnose back pain through a variety of tests and examinations that are more extensive than other chiropractors in town may offer.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman also has an onsite massage therapist who specializes in post-surgical care which means they can address both the muscle spasms and the post-surgical joint pain that can be so debilitating.
The Glen's Chiropractic and Acupuncture comprehensive approach to post-surgical back care includes both chiropractic treatment as well as massage therapy and other treatment techniques, such as Active Release Techniques (ART), cold laser therapy, traction tables, etc.
Cold laser therapy- Cold laser therapy, also called low level laser or cold light therapy(LLLT), is a therapeutic technique that uses a specific wavelength of light to stimulate cellular activity. Cold lasers provide relief from pain and inflammation by increasing blood flow, decreasing oedema, reducing muscle spasm and promoting healing.
Electrical nerve stimulation (ENS) - Dr Hoffman uses this treatment to stimulate the nerves, which provides relief from pain by blocking signals between your spinal cord and your brain.
Traction tables -Traction tables are helpful in the recovery process after you have undergone surgery. Traction helps reduce pain by keeping pressure off of your back. They decompress the spine and prevent lumbar spinal stenosis. Traction tables can help in relieving your back pain. They will assist you to relax and get a great night's sleep.
Active Release Techniques (ART) - ART can be effective for treating back pain from injuries or surgeries. Since it's non-invasive, the procedure is often performed on an out-patient basis. Here are some of the benefits:
- Increases your range of motion: ART can increase the range of motions in joints, which decreases stiffness and pain. For example, after a car accident or fall, you may need to take some time off from work for recovery – but with this treatment option, you should be able to return more quickly!
- Reduces inflammation: ART can help reduce inflammation and edema in tissues, which is often a cause of pain.
- Enhances your tissue's healing: ART may accelerate the rate at which injured or stiff joints heal. This could mean you return to work sooner!
- Relieves muscle tightness: When muscles are overused, they tend to become tighter and more tense. ART can help reduce this tightness, which will in turn make the muscles less painful to use and move around.
- Decreases stress on joints: When you engage in physical activity that is too strenuous for your body's condition following an injury or surgery, it may lead to inflammation of tissues and/or overuse of joints. ART helps with this by distributing the stress on your joints more evenly, reducing excessive pressure.
- Increases flexibility: By releasing tight muscles and tendons, it can help improve a person's range of motion to where they feel less stiff or restricted in their movements. This may also help reduce stiffness and pain from previous injury as well!
Facet Joint Injection Therapy - is designed to relieve pain and inflammation in the facet joints of your spine. Facet joints are small joints in your spine that connect vertebrae together and allow you to bend, twist, and turn. The typical cause of facet joint pain is degenerative disc disease.
Trigger Point Therapy- This therapy helps reduce chronic muscle tension or spasms in the muscles, which can lead to pain and inflammation.
Lumbar Support - One way to avoid post-surgical back pain is by using a lumbar support pillow while sitting or lying down, which will help provide some relief and keep your spine in alignment so that there's minimal strain on the muscles of your lower back.
Healthy Diet - Foods rich in omega-three fatty acids, such as salmon or mackerel, can help reduce inflammation and decrease symptoms of post-surgical back pain.
The Glen Chiropractic and Acupuncture is the post-surgical back specialist of choice for many professional athletes who have undergone surgery to help them recover from their injury quickly with minimal discomfort. Dr. Hoffman's advanced technique for treating post-surgical pain utilizes a variety of chiropractic techniques that are tailored to each patient's specific needs.
Many people who have had post-surgical back pain end up with chronic problems for years after the surgery has been completed, but by managing it at The Glen as soon as possible following your operation, Dr. Hoffman and his team can help you alleviate these symptoms quickly so they don't continue to linger and cause you problems.
Post-surgical back pain is a common complication of many types of surgeries. It can range from mild to debilitating and it’s important to know what the causes, symptoms and treatments are in order to make sure you get relief as soon as possible.
If you're looking for an expert in post-surgical back pain, look no further than Dr. Arthur Hoffman of Glen Chiropractic & Acupuncture! Dr Arthur Hoffman specializes in working with people who have post-operative or chronic back issues due to injury, trauma, arthritis or other conditions that cause spinal misalignment (subluxation). He has helped hundreds of patients regain their mobility after surgery by giving them chiropractic care - he knows how critical it is for your body's healing process! Plus, his rates are affordable so there's no reason not to give him a call today if you're experiencing any type of discomfort related to post-surgical back pain.
Dr. Hoffman has been practicing for over 30 years, and he's very proud to have helped hundreds of people improve their quality of life through alternative methods like chiropractic care - it's what drives him every day! Join the many patients who Dr Arthur Hoffman has already helped by calling our office today at 763-670-1175 or visit us at https://theglenchiro.com/.