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Chiropractic Associates Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Preston back pain sufferers desire when they seek Preston back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Preston back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage varies with the back pain patient’s experience and past care. First time back pain sufferers often expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has had a couple back surgeries, numerous spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Chiropractic Associates invites all these Preston back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature reports as realistic outcomes of Preston back pain treatment and specifically Preston chiropractic outcomes of care using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you want from your back pain treatment? 30% is reported to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that enough for you? Medical literature describes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the slightest change in status a patient feels is meaningful to him or her. That difference is described as 30% improvement in self-reported pain or function by a study of 743 patients. (2)  In another study of 609 back-related leg pain and sciatica patients, good outcome is described as 30% reduction in disability. 55% stated such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who underwent spine surgery for lumbar spine degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was met for 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability increases. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Preston chiropractic patients at Chiropractic Associates when the treatment plan is arranged.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Chiropractic Associates and fellow chiropractors who use it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t see this as too high a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Chiropractic Associates find higher percentages of improvement for many Preston back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients appears in just a couple visits to a couple weeks, Preston chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is frequently a long-awaited relief for Preston back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might involve taking the dog for a walk or walking to the mailbox. Chiropractic Associates strives to help patients attain realistic and sustainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Preston chiropractic visit today. Chiropractic Associates anticipates meeting patient expectations of Preston back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) as well as forming realistic expectations of back pain relief for each individual spine. 

The pain relief expectations of Preston back pain patients influence their satisfaction with chiropractic care. What’s realistic? 
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