The sad truth is that surgery is not a 100% guarantee to a full recovery after a back injury. Sometimes, injured workers have surgery and don’t get any relief from their pain and/or their physical limitations. Sometimes, they get even worse! It is very sad but medicine is not always an exact science, especially when it comes to the spine. When a person has had several back surgeries with no relief, it is typically referred to as failed back surgery syndrome or FBS. From the research I have done, FBS is not technically a medical diagnosis but is a commonly used term that can be broadly applied to patients who have continued lumbar (lower back) pain after surgery. Doctors can treat the FBS in several different ways including therapy, medication, injections, and, in some cases, additional surgery.
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~Michele Lewane, Esq.