Upper Cervical Chiropractor for Failed Surgery in New Jersey

If you've had neck or back surgery and are still experiencing discomfort and pain, you could be dealing with failed surgery syndrome.

What Is Failed Surgery Syndrome?

Failed surgery syndrome is pain that's persistent or that appears following surgical intervention. The pain is in the same location as the surgery and can be debilitating to deal with daily.

This syndrome is relatively common and can result from a variety of factors:

  • Preoperative factors: Patients with psychiatric comorbidity, like anxiety or depression, are at an increased risk for developing failed surgery syndrome. Similarly, patients who are obese or have conditions like disc herniation or fibrosis are more likely to experience this syndrome.
  • Intraoperative factors: Several intraoperative factors, such as operating at the wrong vertebral level, can prevent adequate pain relief even with surgical intervention.
  • Postoperative factors: Complications following surgery can also increase the chances of developing failed surgery syndrome.

Symptoms of Failed Surgery

Individuals with failed surgery syndrome often experience dull or sharp chronic pain at the surgical site. You may experience localized pain or sensations that spread across the body.

Other neurological symptoms include a tingling or numbing sensation in the area or radiating down an extremity. You may also experience nerve-related pain that can move around other body parts.

What is Adjacent Segment Disease Following Spinal Fusion?

The spinal column is made up of segments—basically, one intervertebral disc, the vertebrae above and below the disc, facet joints and supporting soft tissues. These spinal work together to absorb and distribute forces during activity and at rest—like the links in a bicycle chain. If one of those links or hinges is artificially attached to an adjacent link it changes the way the whole chain moves.

Similarly, when one or more segments in the spine are fused and no longer move, the motion segments above and below the spinal fusion compensate for lost motion at the fused level(s). As the adjacent segments’ mobility increases, they take on additional stress—this accelerated wear and tear may lead to adjacent segment disease.

ASD may lead to several degenerative disorders in the adjacent spinal segments, including:

  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylosis (spinal osteoarthritis)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis

Because adjacent segment disease is a potential complication of spinal fusion, many people assume their spine surgery failed if ASD occurs. This is not necessarily the case. Our care is an effective solution to restore the natural motion to the segments above and/or the surgical level. Restoring alignment and natural segmental motion helps reduce the associated pain and may prevent future spinal surgeries.

What Is the QSM3 Approach?

Our chiropractors here in Monmouth specialize in the QSM3 approach when caring for failed surgery syndrome. The QSM3 procedure incorporates precise mathematical calculations, physics and biomechanics before we make any adjustments.

Through gentle touch and controlled contact, our chiropractors make adjustments to the appropriate area(s) of the spine. This method doesn't involve cracking, popping or twisting of the spine, making it a comfortable procedure. The precise and gentle nature of the care has enabled our doctors to care for many post-surgical patients throughout the years.

We have safely and effectively cared for many patients who have had spinal surgery many of which have surgical hardware. The presence of surgical hardware does not always prevent a patient from receiving our care. After a thorough consultation, examination, and imaging review are complete, our doctors will determine if you are a candidate for care in our office. Your safety is our most important priority and we will develop an individualized plan that will be both appropriate and effective.

Instead of the more traditional “articular” model, QSM3 focuses on a “tonal” model, which looks at how a body out of place can create tension that influences all body systems. With the help of one of our upper cervical chiropractors, we'll work to restore balance and healing after a failed surgery.

Upper Cervical Care for Failed Surgery

Here at Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Monmouth, we focus on corrective care chiropractic, which evaluates the spinal function and central nervous system (CNS).

As part of our upper cervical chiropractic care for failed back surgery, we pay special attention to the top two bones of the spine — the atlas and axis — and develop a personalized action plan for our patients.

Contact a Chiropractor for Support in Monmouth County

For more than 17 years, Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Monmouth has been helping patients find relief and achieve optimal health. While we perform traditional chiropractic techniques, we specialize in upper cervical chiropractic care to deliver precise, measurable solutions to improve our patients' health and life.

Interested in learning more about upper cervical care for failed surgery? Fill out our contact form or give us a call at 732-617-9355 today!