Post-Laminectomy Syndrome Condition

Treatment for post-laminectomy syndrome can include a range of osteopathic techniques designed to address chronic pain, weakness, numbness, and other common post-surgery symptoms.


Post-Laminectomy Syndrome Treatment in New York City

Osteopathic treatment for post-laminectomy syndrome used manipulation and other therapies to reduce post-surgery complications like chronic pain, numbness, and weakness.

What is Post-Laminectomy Syndrome?

If you have had back surgery that failed to relieve the pain, then you may be suffering from post-laminectomy syndrome. Technically, of course, this is not actually a recognized syndrome, but the term is used as a general descriptor for ongoing pain related to failed surgery of the back or spine. Unfortunately, about one in five back surgery patients end up reporting ongoing, continuing pain even after spinal surgery.

Far too many of these patients never get the help they need. Instead, many simply live their lives with pain, loss of mobility, and a diminished quality of life. Many of them suffer financial duress from lost wages and even an inability to maintain their employment. The good news is that a failed back surgery does not have to be followed by a life of pain. In many instances, chronic back pain can be successfully treated to help you live a more pain-free life.

What Causes this condition?

There are any number of reasons why a spinal surgery can leave you with recurring pain. Many cases are related to disc herniation, scar tissue, or compression of the nerve roots. In some instances, there may be post-surgical instability of the spine or facet joint issues. At other times, there may be more systemic causes like autoimmune diseases or diabetes. Pain can also be caused by post-surgery anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, or lifestyle choices.

Often, the problem is even simpler: the surgery did not target the actual cause of your pain. Since spine surgery is designed to help stabilize the back or decompress pinched nerve roots, that surgery will be ineffective if your pain was being caused by something else.

What Are the Symptoms of Post-Laminectomy Syndrome?

While this type of painful back pain can create symptoms common to other conditions, there are some general signs that can help ensure a proper diagnosis. The most common symptoms include:

  • Dull aches or pain in the area of the surgery.
  • Lower back pain may also be accompanied by pain in the upper legs.
  • Upper back pain is often accompanied by pain in the shoulders, neck, and arms.
  • Sharp pain may be felt in the extremities.

An accurate diagnosis is vital for ensuring proper treatment. As a result, patients who experience post-surgery pain in their back should seek medical diagnosis and care as soon as possible.

How We Can Help

After any back surgery, medical providers recommend therapy and rehabilitation to help the body recover from the ordeal. If your pain persists in spite of that rehab effort, we can help discover the source of the discomfort and provide the osteopathic care you need to relieve that discomfort. In most instances, osteopathic treatment can reduce pain, alleviate post-surgical disability, and help you enjoy an improved quality of life.


Back and Spine Conditions

Back and spine conditions can be degenerative, disease-related, or caused by overuse or injury. Symptoms can include pain, impaired mobility, numbness, weakness, and more.

Back Muscle SpasmFacet Joint SyndromeFailed Back Surgery SyndromeHerniated DiscsLow Back PainLumbar RadiculopathyMid Back PainMyofascial Pain SyndromeNerve Compression SyndromePiriformis SyndromePost Laminectomy SyndromeSacroiliac Joint DysfunctionScoliosisSpinal Stenosis

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If you’re suffering from chronic pain after any back surgery, Dr. Leonid Tafler has the experience and expertise needed to help you recover. Give us a call today to learn more about how osteopathic treatment can provide the effective pain relief you deserve.

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Post Laminectomy Syndrome Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!