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Physical Therapy for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Physiatrists—doctors who specialize in rehabilitation medicine—and physical therapists at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center and Rusk Rehabilitation provide one-on-one care for people with pain caused by failed back surgery syndrome. Physical therapy is recommended for most people with this condition.

The goals of physical therapy are to strengthen the muscles that support the spine and develop better posture. Our specialists create an individualized program of exercises and stretching techniques to strengthen the core muscles in the back, abdomen, and buttocks. Strong muscles in these areas help support the spine, improve flexibility and stability, and relieve pressure on spinal nerves.

Physical therapy can help you to modify your posture, using techniques that lead to the creation of more space in the spinal canal. This helps to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves and can eliminate or reduce pain.

Each physical therapy treatment typically lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center. Your doctor determines how long therapy is needed. Our experts can also teach you exercises to do at home or in an office chair.

Integrative Therapies

Our physiatrists offer integrative and wellness services designed to complement other treatments, such as physical therapy and nonsurgical therapies. They can also help to relieve pain and improve your sense of wellbeing.

Integrative health services include acupuncture, massage, and meditation. Another therapy, called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, uses low-voltage electrical current to stimulate the production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers.

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