Failed back syndrome, or what it is most commonly known as failed back surgery syndrome, is a medical condition that is noted through persistent pain in the back and surrounding areas following back surgeries or other issues relating to the lumbar region of the spine. Failed back syndrome affects people who have experienced back pain for years, and have then gone to the medical community to do something about it via surgery or otherwise.
The presence of failed back syndrome does not equate to medical malpractice; back injuries can be fully and correctly fixed by surgery only for the patient to come down with failed back syndrome due to aches and pains in the end. Nevertheless, it is a serious medical condition that must be dealt with to improve the quality of life for patients after their surgery and to get through their pain.
The causes of failed back syndrome revolved around systemic disorders of the back and chronic aches and pains, which then turn into surgeries that put even more pressure and pain on the back. Typically, failed back syndrome is directly the result of back surgeries and characterizes itself as persistent pain after the procedure.
The causes can be numerous regarding the surgeries, and for some patients in involves surgeries that did not achieve the desired medical result, hence the continued back pain even after surgery. Still for other patients, failed back syndrome can manifest itself after surgery since the surgery itself, even though safe and successful, did nothing to help this particular back issue or end this cause of pain.
The symptoms of failed back syndrome are typically extremely similar to other symptoms of lower back pain and persistent back issues; aches, pain, and general discomfort in the lower and upper back, and occasionally in other parts of the body relating to a tight or out-of-balance back area. These symptoms may not terminally affect the patient, but they can certainly be significant enough for a patient to need to seek significant treatment to improve their quality of life and retain independence.
Failed back syndrome is a significant issue for people who have already dealt with years of back pain and problems. Chronic issues like poor health relating to obesity, malnutrition, and a lack of exercise can manifest themselves in failed back syndrome, promoting a variety of back issues that could otherwise be easily prevented.