What do you expect from your
Minster chiropractic care of back pain? That is a key question. Research
is reporting that that questions of expectations plays
a role in back pain treatment outcome whether that treatment is surgical or conservative. Minster Chiropractic Center aspires
to hear your expectations of our Minster back
pain treatment and share the outcomes of our treatment
documented in practice and in
INFLUENTIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BACK SURGERY OUTCOMES
A recent research project examined
patient and surgeon expectations of back surgery. Patients expected complete
relief and improvement of their back pain after lumbar spine surgery. Surgeons
expected improvement that varied from a little to a lot dependant on the patient and his/her specific issues. Whose
expectations were met? The surgeons’
expectations. A couple years after the back surgery, the outcomes
reported by patients met the surgeon’s expectations.
The researchers stressed that effective communication about expectations
may well further better outcomes. (1) That is
why Minster Chiropractic Center devotes time to each Minster
back pain patient at the beginning of care, ensuring
that the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-explained.
If not, tell us!
AN ACCEPTABLE SYMPTOM STATE
If a patient does not experience
the relief he/she desired from back surgery,
what is an “acceptable symptom state” for that back pain patient? What can he/she live with? For patients with chronic non-specific low back pain (with or
without active discopathy), 54% reported having an acceptable symptom
state at 1 month of care. Specifically, patient-reported acceptable symptoms included: 47.5 for lumbar pain, 30.5 for radicular pain, 39.3 for
disability, 10.0 for anxiety, and 6.7 for depression. (2) Minster Chiropractic Center knows no pain is the preferred state and is ready to talk
with our Minster chiropractic patients their options and potential
DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS
The question of back surgery is a big issue. Evidence-based medicine views
the patient as being the center of care. What is
the patient perspective of this care? How is the patient perspective taken
into consideration in treatment planning and decision making
among available options? A new paper indicated that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical
characteristics must be considered in planning care. (3)
One factor in the back-surgery decision that reportedly influences
the decision and the outcome expectation is opioid use. Lower dose and shorter-time-taking
opioid use patients expected more complete improvement compared
with non-users. They also had higher
expectations of positive outcome than higher-dose opioid patients. (4) For many patients, the prospect of work is goal of back pain treatment which is positive
according to a new report on how back pain patient recovery
expectations affect clinical outcomes. A review of
60 studies found that a patient’s recovery expectations are
probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Minster Chiropractic Center applies
effective, nonsurgical treatment of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain
sufferers is described and understood. Minster chiropractic care keeps the back pain patient at its center.
CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Anthony Galante on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as he explained how Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and chiropractic treatment helped manage back pain for a patient who was absolutely
positive about not wanting back surgery.
Schedule your next Minster
chiropractic visit today. Minster Chiropractic Center invites you to think
about and answer the question of your
expectations for our treatment so that we can both be happy
with the outcome!