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Failed Back Syndrome – Failed Fusion Syndrome


After back or spine surgery, a small percentage of people continue to experience pain and/or are unable to resume normal activities. When this happens, the diagnosis is called Failed Back or Failed Fusion Syndrome. Keep reading to learn about additional treatment options.

Causes & Triggers

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Diabetes
  • Inadequate or incomplete herniated disc repair
  • Nerve damage
  • Nerve or spinal cord compression
  • Persistent or recurrent disc degeneration
  • Scar tissue
  • Smoking
  • Surgical accidents

Signs & Symptoms

  • Inability to resume normal activity
  • Intractable pain

Tips & Treatment

  • Non-surgical treatment may include anti-inflammatory medication, epidural injections and/or physical therapy.
  • Since surgical intervention may be necessary to relieve symptoms, consult an orthopedic specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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