Nerve damage. This occurs in only about one in every 10,000 cases but could happen if the doctor accidentally jabs a nerve during the procedure. Nerve damage could result in incontinence, chronic back pain and, in rare instances, paralysis.
print Source: David Borenstein, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, with a private practice at Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates based in Chevy Chase, Rockville and Wheaton, Maryland, and Washington, DC. The author of Heal Your Back (M. Evans & Company), Dr. Borenstein is also the host of Speaking of Health with Dr. B , a weekly radio program on . Date: April 1, 2013 Publication: Bottom Line Health
I agree with MWmelbourne about the chiropractor. My first surgery was caused by an ER doctor who was trained as an osteopath. My back was hurting, and instead of doing x-rays first, he did an "adjustment", whereby he twisted me into a pretzel and came down on top of my with all 275 pounds of his weight. My back "cracked" alright. Within 30 minutes I couldn't walk, was crying in pain, and was flat on my back for 6 days before I could get into an ortho. My husband had to carry me back and forth to the bathroom. My advice is to STAY AWAY and stick with the ortho or neurosurgeons. I was also told to try Lidocaine patches on my back and they were the biggest waste of money I've ever seen.
As mentioned above, there may be more than one spinal structure causing your spine pain. Sometimes, there are multiple causes for your spine pain or radiculopathy. In this case, Dr. Lee may recommend alternative treatment options or steriod injections. For example, if your sciatica/leg pain or hand pain improves with epidural steroid injection but you still have low back pain or neck pain, you may benefit from facet joint injections. But, whatever the case, you will need further evaluation by Dr. Lee to decide on further treatment. Remember that there are multiple treatments available now for pain and just because one method yielded partial or no response DOES NOT necessarily mean you will “just have to live with the pain”!