Spinal anaesthesia may be used for a variety of reasons including genital, urinary tract, or lower body procedures. The benefits of spinal anaesthesia are that it helps ease the pain, has fewer side effects and risks than general anaesthesia, and people usually recover their senses much faster after the surgery. However, anaesthesia and surgery may result in back pain for a short period of time.

Symptoms of back pain after anaesthesia include a prickling sensation at the site of the needle insertion, upper or lower back, or pain coming from the buttocks and legs and tenderness at the site of the injection.

The causes of backache after spinal anaesthesia include existing backache or chronic backache, and patient positioning during surgery. The type and duration of the surgery may also have an impact on the amount of backache a patient feels.


Common forms of treatment include hot and cold massages, and pain killers to help alleviate the pain. In some patients, back pain may intensify for a short-term because of preoperative interruption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The back pain usually subsides once these medications are resumed after surgery. Preventative methods to decrease back pain include proper positioning and the use of padding during your surgery.

If the pain does not alleviate within seven days, you may want to get further assistance from a Pain Specialist who will come up with advanced strategies to provide better pain relief.