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  • Writer's pictureDr Josh Bonine DC

Post-Surgical Lumbar Spine Pain

Post-Surgical Lumbar Spine Pain

When a person undergoes a surgical procedure, it doesn’t necessarily mean the patient is cured and will be pain free. Management of chronic pain can be difficult in patients that have continued pain post lumbar spine surgery. Some may even need to have the procedure redone.

In an article by Kruse & Cambron (2011), the authors state, “In addition, the reoperation rates 11 years after lumbar surgery are between 17% and 28%, depending on the type of surgery (fusion vs decompression, respectively) and failed back surgery syndrome, meaning persistent or recurrent pain after low back surgery, occurs in 10% to 40% of patients” (p. 408).

When evaluating bodily injury and the procedures required to correct it, future care is an important component. Whether it is conservative care, pain mangement or a second surgical procedure, accounting for those procedures is a very real need.

Based on clinical experience and the information provided in this paper, it is clear that after bodily injury, care is not always curative.

The documentation of the patients care path, therefore, must include future care considerations.


Spine & Injury Centers of San Antonio is a local network of 5 chiropractic offices. As a group, we are raising the standard of care for injured patients and their families.

If you have recently been in a car accident, or had a personal injury, sports injury, or exercise injury, and are experiencing back pain, neck pain, knee pain, whiplash, headaches, leg pain, etc, our San Antonio injury chiropractors can help!

Our goal is to get you back to living a pain-free life as quickly as possible.

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Kruse, R. A., & Cambron, J. (2011). Chiropractic management of postsurgical lumbar spine pain: A retrospective study of 32 cases. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 34(6), 408-412.



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