Minster Chiropractic Center Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Minster back pain sufferers want when they seek Minster back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Minster back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage differs with the back pain patient’s experience and past care. First time back pain sufferers many times expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has undergone a couple back surgeries, some spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Minster Chiropractic Center welcomes all these Minster back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Minster back pain treatment and specifically Minster 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 said to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that enough for you? Medical literature defines the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the smallest change in outcome a patient feels is meaningful to him or her. That difference is defined 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 defined as 30% reduction in disability. 55% reported such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who had spine surgery for lumbar spine degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was experienced by 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability rises. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are shared with Minster chiropractic patients at Minster Chiropractic Center when the treatment plan is set up.


In adhering to the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Minster Chiropractic Center and fellow chiropractors who utilize it aim for 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not feel that is too lofty a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Minster Chiropractic Center find higher percentages of improvement for many Minster back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients comes in just a couple visits to a couple weeks, Minster chiropractic treatment carries on without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is often a welcome relief for Minster back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is satisfactory. This might incorporate walking the dog or going to the mailbox. Minster Chiropractic Center tries to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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The pain relief expectations of Minster back pain patients influence their satisfaction with chiropractic care. What is realistic? 
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