AS part of the healing process, healing of injures, including surgical procedures, result in scar tissue.
If you’ve ever experienced scarring on your body you know that the scar tends to feel stiffer and less elastic than the surrounding skin.
Scar tissue is made of collagen and it is stiffer and tougher than the original tissue it replaces. With time scar tissue may contract and get tighter.
With the healing of spinal injuries and spinal surgical procedures, scar tissue also results. Often quite beneficial these tougher tighter characteristics of this new collagen tissue often helps the body to stabilize and protect the area. And again, with time, scar tissue may contract and get tighter.
Unfortunately scar tissue may occur to an excessive degree and it also may invade and penetrate surrounding tissues, such as spinal nerves. The term for scaring of nerve tissue is epidural fibrosis and while additional surgical procedures may attempt to clean up excessive scar tissue, once epidural fibrosis occurs it cannot be reversed.
When new pain, numbness, &/or tingling gradually starts to occur within about a 6-12 window following a surgical spinal procedure, scar tissue may be the cause. Either returning or first time ever symptoms may be the result of spinal scar tissue.
Non surgical spinal decompression, a procedure where computerized FDA cleared ‘distraction’ tables are utilized to gently ‘unload’ the particular spinal joints, has been theorized to, in certain cases, beneficially target problematic spinal scar tissue.