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Any Experience out there with Scar Tissue or Adhesions?

I'm trying to determine if some of my pain is from scar tissue/adhesions from lumbar surgery in 2004. My PM dr said it "could" be part of of the problem but offered no recommendations except to say that surgery to remove them would only create more and more extensive adhesions. I was told after my hip replacement surgery to gently massage the incision site after stitches came out to prevent adhesions from forming. Should I have done this after the lumbar surgery?

I'm sure I do have adhesions and I'm wondering now if I can minimize them in some way at this late date.
The silent warrior against pain.

L4-L5 Fixation/Fusion-2004
Total Hip Replacement - Feb 2013


  • injections of steroids is used for scar tissue at times. talk it over with your doctor
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • dbarbeau48ddbarbeau48 Posts: 318
    edited 05/26/2013 - 11:24 AM
    I have suffered from both scar tissue and adhesions in my lumbar area for years. They were contributing to awful back spasms. I"ve had PT, and deep tissue massage over the years that gave me some relief but it never lasted. A few months ago my doctor gave me a new script for PT concentrating on breaking up those adhesions leading to those spasms. I went to a PT clinic that specializes in something called "The Graston Technique". I am 3/4 of the way through my 18 visits and for the first time in 5 years I have relief. I also do some stretching and core and back strenthening along with the Graston.
    I want to point out, this is not some gimmack and I'm not trying to sell something. This technique is covered by my insurance and done with physical therapists trained in this process.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • my back was so full of scar tissue that a doctor could not give me a spinal for surgery. he had to put me out. i have had injections but they have not helped with pain or scar tissue also had pt with no help. it is just there and i just have to deal with it.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I have lots of scar tissue, if I could on make money like I make scar tissue! I stretch often during the day, and do McKenzie exercises ( look online). They really help with pain and tightness.

  • kcwarrenkkcwarren Posts: 3
    edited 01/31/2015 - 3:49 AM
    First of all, I want to say that I am very sorry for anyone with chronic pain. My problem is not so much pain. I think that I may have adhesions in my lower thoracic and lumbar spine. I've been to my chiropractor and he did his thing and said that he did not know what it was and I might just have to live with it. Well, I can't just do that without at least knowing what it is. Ok, now the symptoms. When I was working at a job that required very heavy lifting, I started developing a tight spot right under where my bra comes around when I would lean forward or slouch. I also would feel a knot there when I lean back against something or when lying on my back. I now have a couple of other places lower down. I doesn't so much hurt, but I can't lean forward without a very bad pulling and tight feeling. I've searched the internet for answers and so far adhesions sounds like the closest thing to what I am experiencing. Could you tell me if you have experienced anything like this. I hate bothering you all with this since I don't have much pain, but I'm afraid of it getting worse if I don't know what it is and maybe resolve it somehow.

    Thank you


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