Low back surgery is not something you should take lightly and one should understand what back surgery is trying to accomplish. Back surgery is performed to either decompress and take pressure off a nerve to reduce leg pain or to stabilize unstable joints. Having surgery completely changes the anatomy and how a normal spine works effecting the appropriate feedback loops into the system for muscle and joint control. Often people go into surgery thinking all the pain will be gone. This is not always the case. Remember, surgery is done to either decompress the nerves or to stabilize the joints. What happens if the pain that is being generated is not always coming completely from a nerve pinch or the instability of the joints? In this situation, the pain will often still be present after surgery and the patient experiences failed lower back syndrome. You don’t have to have surgery to experience a failed lower back either. You may be someone that has been searching for pain relief without success; trying therapy, chiropractic care, injections all without help. Often people that experience failed lower back syndrome have certain dysfunctions of the lumbar spine and pelvis that were never addressed properly. If it is these dysfunctions that were involved in causing the pain in the first place, having surgery does not eliminate them, therefore pain often comes back or never goes away. People with low back pain often have abnormal tailbone positions along with flexion (FRS) and extension (ERS) dysfunctions of the lumbar spine, dysfunction at the pubic symphysis, hip shear dysfunctions, a short leg pelvic tilt syndrome, and muscle imbalance of the trunk and lower extremities. These abnormal spinal positions are called somatic dysfunctions. Often, somatic dysfunctions are not treated by chiropractors or general physical therapy very well. This is because identifying the somatic dysfunctions takes a very specific type of segmental diagnosis that is performed with osteopathy. Once the dysfunctions are diagnosed and treated, then a specific strengthening and stretching program needs to be established to help prevent the return of pain and dysfunction. Many people in society suffer from low back pain and it does not have to be this way. What is often missing is the appropriate diagnosis of dysfunction with proper treatment with osteopathy. Don’t let yourself become a failed lower back statistic. Come to Wright Physiotherapy and get the appropriate treatment.