Also called failed back syndrome, this condition is a continuous and chronic pain that can develop after certain types of back surgery, such as laminectomy. A laminectomy is a surgical procedure where one or more lamina (a section of bone on the rear of the vertebra) are removed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. Painful scar tissue can form at the surgery site, or joints in the back may become irritated and enflamed. Symptoms can include dull and achy pain in the back, pain that radiates into the hips, buttocks and thighs, or sharp pain in the back and legs. The syndrome can be treated with medications, physical therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, spinal injections, or, in severe cases, another surgery.
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