FBS refers to chronic back and or leg pain that occurs after back (spinal) surgery. Sometimes, the spinal nerve that has been decompressed during surgery does not fully recover and continues to cause chronic pain. When surgery fails to achieve the desired outcome, the result is known as Post-Laminectomy Syndrome or Failed Back Syndrome.

In the USA, approximately 20% of those who undergo spinal surgery each year because of a motor vehicle injury or other type of accident have some degree of persistent back or leg pain after surgery.  We find that number to hold true in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Suffolk.

Factors contributing to FBS include, but are not limited to residual or recurrent disc herniation, persistent post-operative pressure on a spinal nerve, altered joint mobility, pelvic ligament instability (such as SI joint dysfunction) and scar tissue (fibrosis).


Common symptoms associated with FBS include diffuse, dull and aching pain involving the back. You may also experience sharp, stabbing pain that radiates from the back down the legs. This pain is called Neuropathic Pain (Nerve Pain).

State-of-the-art diagnostic techniques will be utilized by Dr. Bragg, a nonsurgical back doctor, and her staff at the Spine and Orthopedic Spine Center to determine the cause of your pain.  Whether it’s for a worker’s comp injury, motor vehicle injury, or other type of injury, we’ll get you back to feeling great!


The staff at the Spine and Orthopedic Pain Center will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to address your post-surgical pain. This plan includes a combination of conservative measures utilizing techniques, such as physical therapy, spinal stabilization exercises, anti-inflammatory and other medications, trigger point injections, epidural nerve blocks, radiofrequency denervation, or spinal cord stimulation.

If You Live in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, or Suffolk, Let Us Help You to Relieve Your Pain without Surgery. Together We Strive to Knockout Pain®

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