How to get rid of scar tissue build up in back from surgery
Spine AZ sounds like you are familiar with water therapy, you are so right have to try to break it up, movement does that, on land it's harder because there is no way you can do the exercises that you can do in water. If, however, there is no improvement by three months postoperatively, the spine surgery is unlikely to have been successful, and the patient will continue to have back pain or leg pain.
Scar tissue is great for healing, but then it has nowhere to go and can cause problems in the long run. This video will show you how to get rid of scar tissue with scar tissue mobilization.
Make sure to talk with your doctor or PT before doing this because you want the incision or injury site to be completely healed before you start. Start off by pushing very lightly and make small circles directly over the scar.
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Then you can go up and down and side to side. Once you have done that about a minute, you can start pushing harder.
This might be painful now, and you might feel some pops underneath. Spine-health publishes original articles written for patients by over physician authors and peer-reviewed by a 17 member Medical Advisory Board. This trusted, independent site is supported by hundreds of physician members and visited by millions of patients and their physicians.
The information in Spine-health. More Back Surgery Topics: Rehabilitation After Spine Surgery. What Might These Symptoms Mean? It should be noted that failed surgery and condinued leg pain after a spinal decompression surgery a laminectomry or microdiscectomy is much more likely to be from other factors e. This topic is covered in more detail on the next page. Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery Video.
Lumbar Microdiscectomy Surgery Video. Microdiscectomy Microdecompression Spine Surgery. See how a disc degenerates and how it can cause pain and other symptoms. Unfortunately there isn't much to do after you've had it for a length of time.
Surgery is an option to remove it but have been told by a plastic surgeon that it actually grows back even more. My causes severe pain so I can relate.
Scar Tissue treatment after back surgery
I had a huge mass taken out 2 years ago but it grew back quickly and to twice the size. If your scar is newer I was taught by my physical therapist, as soon as you can stand the scar itself being touched you should use vitamin E oil on the scar and rub or massage across the scar, not up and down the scar length.
So if your scar is say verticle you would rub it horizontally. Of course being your back you'd have to solicite someone to do this but that's the general proceedure.
This does break up the tissue, it doesn't really go away but helps to free it up. Thank you Kissa, my scar tissue Kissa is on the inside where my back surgery was done, somehow the healing process produces scar tissue that can get entwined with your nerve root and cause pain.
The information you gave me would be so helpful if mine was on the outside. I never gave scar tissue to much thought until I had back surgery. They tell you if you start walking as soon as possible and keep walking, morning, noon and night you will probably not have scar tissue built up around the surgery site.
I did everything they told me. Even a reallly successful surgery can accumulate scar tissue. It reminds me of some foreign substance that takes over, a little like weeds in a garden. Thank you for your response.
Sorry to hear you had the discectomy, but I hope it helped to stabilize your spine. Take it easy and continue with the aqua therapy it may help. Have you talked to your PT about it?
If you try this, make sure they numb the spot first with ice. The main thing is to try and prevent it from growing further, and I have a ton of it all over. Look into cold laser, I don't know if it works but you could ask, also some say that other types of laser treatments work, but I have no experience with that, but ask anyway.
Exercise is the best thing to prevent further growth, but you also have to be very careful with the types of movements you do after disc surgery. There are some surgeons that claim they can cut it out with a minimally invasive surgery, but I've never tried that since further cutting usually makes it worse. Ice works best for me, but that only numbs the area for a short time but it's better than nothing. Contact as many PT's and even maybe an accupuncturist and see if they can do anything for scar tissue.
Let me know what you find out and I'll try to think of something else that might help. Hi Desert Bloom, thank you for your words of encouragment as well as vital info. I am not giving up on this scar tissue, it is like weeds in the garden, to try to get rid of it only makes more of it, surely there is a way one can keep it from strangling its hold on our back and spine, it feels like science fiction nightmare.
I am in aqua therapy right now and that has helped, my osteopath doctor feels I should keep moving. There is a exercise that you put on your float belt and go out in the deep part of the water and hang, doc says that opens up your spine and joints like traction.
Scar Tissue and Pain After Back Surgery
He really is a firm believer in water therapy to help the scar tissue, he feels you can do in water what you cannot do on land, I will definitely vouch for that one.
I was not prepared for the post back surgery complications, nerve pain, scar tissue, painful sitting, is only a few. Heat seems better for me Desert Bloom, moist heat, a good warm shower, however sometimes that can agitate my nerves neuropathy pain.
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