Backpod can help you with persisting pain after surgery – especially after laminectomy, foraminotomy and thoracotomy operations. Often surgery goes well but simple follow-up on recovery gets missed and you might end up missing out on the benefits of the operation. If you still have pain persisting more than three months after these operations, it’s probably not just a matter of additional healing time. Here’s what helps after the three months (but not before that as repair is still taking place):
These operations essentially open up the exit canals in the back of the neck vertebrae where the nerves come out, to give more room so that the nerves aren’t being pinched and painful. Almost always, they are done for necks which are hollowed (concave) and where the chin pokes out, since that posture tends to nip the nerves. That in turn usually happens because the upper back is hunched – see the iHunch page for more information. The Backpod and its program are ideal for taking the load off the neck, so that you get the full benefit of the operation. The sitting massage shown in the user guide is especially effective for the tethering scarring down the back of the neck after surgical entry.
After laminectomy, foraminotomy and fusion operations in the low back:
Regardless of how the low back operation has gone, freeing up a tight and hunched upper and middle back takes a surprising amount of load off the low back. Essentially, if the thoracic spine can move freely and fully, the low back doesn’t have to do as much work. Also, the sitting massage shown in the user guide is especially effective for the tethering scarring down the low back after surgical entry there, if you work down that low.
After a thoracotomy chest operation:
Persisting pain after these operations is an appallingly common problem – research says 61% or even higher. Surgical entry is made from the side between the ribs, and these are cranked apart to allow the surgery inside the chest. The stretch on the muscles between the ribs, and on the rib joints around the back, is massive. Unsurprisingly, they will repair afterwards with a lot of scarring which glues up the muscle movement, binds down the nerves running through the muscles, and leaves the rib joints around the back adhered and immobile. All these can mean ongoing pain, which is particularly distressing for the patient as it’s easy to think the original problem is coming back.
Tightened movement of the rib joints around the back can also mean overuse strain and pain at the other ends of the ribs, where they join onto the breastbone, since these more delicate hinges then become the only ones that can move to let you keep breathing. This is the cause of most costochondritis chest pain.
These problems respond well and readily to freeing up the frozen rib movement around the back with the Backpod, and massage, specific stretching and general exercises to free up the tethered nerves and scarred muscles. The gentle hands-on stretch for the tight, scarred muscles between the ribs is shown about 10 minutes into our Part (2) costochondritis YouTube video.
After a sternal split operation:
These are probably the worst for ongoing pain. You get all the strain and scarring to the rib joints, muscles and nerves that you get with a thoracotomy, but also the scarring on the chest itself where they’ve cut through the length of the breastbone and then cranked it apart. The operations themselves are usually essential, highly skilled and life-saving, but it is completely unsurprising that they will often leave ongoing rib cage pain in their wake. This is particularly distressing for the patient as it’s easy to think the original problem is coming back.
Treatment is the same as for persisting pain after a thoracotomy operation – freeing up the frozen rib movement around the back with the Backpod, and massage, specific stretching and general exercises to free up the tethered nerves and scarred muscles. The gentle hands-on stretch for the tight, scarred muscles between the ribs is shown about 10 minutes into our Part (2) costochondritis YouTube video.
The extra scarring on the breastbone itself may need more concentrated massage, and also pectoralis chest muscle stretches. There is a good YouTube video demonstrating sensible pec stretching.