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Colorado Springs Chiropractic Help for Persistent Pain After Back Surgery: Auricular Acupressure and Manipulation

No longer the ‘favored’ term for back pain that lingers following a back surgery that was intended to alleviate it, failed back surgery syndrome has new names like ‘post-surgical continued pain’ and ‘persistent spinal pain syndrome’. Whatever its name, if you have had back surgery and still experience back pain, you know how the pain can alter your life, day and night. For many, this means not being able to get a good night’s rest, which can lead to more fatigue and lack of productivity throughout the day. Fortunately, there is hope for those who have persistent spinal pain syndrome (PSPS) after back surgery. New studies have shown that using chiropractic spinal manipulation and even auricular acupressure can effectively reduce back pain and enhance the quality of sleep.

WHAT IS PSPS - Persistent Spinal Pain Syndrome?

PSPS is defined as persistent, new, or recurrent low back with or without lower extremity (radicular pain for 10%-40% of patients) pain after at least one or more back surgeries. PSPS is most common in lumbar spine surgery and considered ‘chronic’ at 3-months post-spine surgery due to quick onset of neuropathic pain. (1) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR has gentle, safe, relieving treatment for post-back-surgery patients.

HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC SPINAL MANIPULATION HELP?

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR implements evidence-based, well-researched chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic. One chiropractic study reported on 32 cases of post-surgical continued lumbar spine pain post-back surgery who were treated with (Cox®) flexion distraction spinal manipulation and mobilization. Relief was measured by numerical pain scale scores (0/no pain to 10/worst pain) and dropped 4.1 out of 10 in a mean number of 14 treatments. Patients who underwent back surgeries that blended surgical types (like discectomy with fusion or laminectory) decreased even more with 5.7 out of 10. (2) Another study of 69 cases treated with (Cox®) flexion distraction documented that 81% of patients reacted with greater than 50% relief of pain at the end of the treatment period (mean: 49 days, 11 treatments). At 2-years’ follow-up, 78.6% continued with their pain relief. Mean relief of pain at the end of the treatment period was 71.6% and 70% at two-year follow-up. (3) Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Byron Folwell on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for post-back-surgery-continued back pain patients.

A HELPFUL ADJUNCTIVE APPROACH: WHAT IS AURICULAR ACUPRESSURE? 

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR appreciates effective non-surgical means to help our chiropractic patients get that extra edge of relief. Auricular acupressure is such an approach in which pressure is applied to particular points on the ear. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for a long time, but lately researchers have begun evaluating its potential as a type of treatment for PSPS patients. A Korean study found that auricular acupressure decreased both pain and neurological symptoms of PSPS. Researchers said it was an effective, safe, cost-effective, non-invasive intervention that may well improve pain, neuropathy, and sleep in PSPS patients. (1) Well, you can’t go wrong with those outcomes! Colorado Springs post back surgery continued pain patients would surely appreciate them. Another study showed that auricular acupressure was effective in decreasing pain and improving the sleep of elderly osteoarthritic persons residing in nursing homes. (4) Old and young alike, we all could use better sleep when experiencing pain.

CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR

Back pain after back surgery can be irritating, but it does not have to keep you awake all night or bother you as intensely. If you are dealing with post-surgical back pain or poor sleep quality due to PSPS, schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment with The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR soon to explore how chiropractic can help you!  

 
Colorado Springs chiropractic relief for back pain after back surgery 
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