Cervical Post Laminectomy Syndrome, Treated by Top Pain Management Doctors in Casa Grande, Chandler, Glendale, and Scottsdale

  • Overview

    Post Laminectomy Syndrome

    Post Laminectomy Syndrome or Failed Back Surgery Syndrome refers to persistent, residual pain following spinal surgery. Most often individuals recover from spinal surgery with no complications, but for a small number of individuals back pain persists.


    • Individuals who smoke are more likely to develop Post Laminectomy Syndrome following back surgery


    • Cervical Post Laminectomy Syndrome
    • Thoracic Post Laminectomy Syndrome
    • Lumbar Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Symptoms

    Common symptoms associated with Post Laminectomy Syndrome include:

    • Dull or achy back or leg pain following lower back surgery
    • Dull or achy neck or arm pain following neck surgery
    • Sharp pain in extremities
  • Diagnosis/Tests

    An accurate diagnosis by a physician is beneficial in the creation of a treatment plan.  To do so, a physical examination will be completed followed by imaging tests such as an X-ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Electromyogram (EMG) to.  These tests are done to pinpoint the cause of your back pain and help with treatment planning.

  • Causes

    Post Laminectomy Syndrome most commonly occurs following a spinal fusion or laminectomy, but may occur following discectomy. Possible causes include:

    • Epidural fibrosis (scarring)
    • Recurrent disc herniation
    • Structural spinal column changes
    • Infection in disc space or epidural space
    • Progressive degeneration of the spine
    • Arachnoiditia (inflammation of the arachnoid)
  • Treatment Options & Care

    • Spinal Cord Stimulation
    • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
    • Epidural Steroid Injections
    • Anti-inflammatory medications note: medications should be taken as directed by your doctor

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We are currently working with the Governor’s office to keep patients in pain out of emergency rooms. The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, and changes occur rapidly. Please know, the health and safety of our patients, their families, and team members remains our top priority. At AZ Pain Doctors, we are ensuring the safest possible environment. We take these proactive precautions to protect our patients, team members, and the communities we serve:
  1. We are practicing social distancing by offering virtual appointments. If you wish to be seen in person, we are able to accommodate you.
  2. All people who enter the clinic, including all staff and patients, are screened for coronavirus infection. Anyone with a cough, fever, symptoms of infection or known exposure will not be allowed in the clinic.
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