Minster Chiropractic and Back Pain Relief Expectations via Surgical or Conservative Care

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 research.

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 get 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 outcomes.

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.

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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!

 
Minster Chiropractic Center strives to meet realistic patient expectations when it comes to conservative back pain relief. 
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