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Failed Back Syndrome (FBS), also called failed back surgery syndrome, is chronic pain of the back and/or legs caused by complications following back or spine surgery or during the healing process.

 

Common symptoms of FBS are dull and aching pain in the back and/or the legs, and abnormal sensations like sharp, prickling or stabbing pain in the extremities.

 

The best prevention of FBS is prevention of unnecessary back surgery. If you are considering back surgery or may be experiencing FBS, the good news is that there are many non-surgical treatment options available to manage pain including physical therapy, electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), minor nerve block, or advanced pain rehabilitation programs such as the Functional Recovery Program, as well as other treatment options.