“I do not want this pain to get any worse.”
“I want some pain relief.”
“I want pain relief.”
“I want this back pain to go away and never return.”
Back pain and neck pain patients tend to have assorted goals for their pain. Healthcare policy often relates to cure. Many chronic pain patients know otherwise. Young Chiropractic knows otherwise. We all want relief and some hint of control over how and when back pain and neck pain appear and disappear. Chiropractic care is for these patients. Young Chiropractic’s chiropractic care examines a problem like back and neck pain and acknowledges that often there is no “cure,” but there is “control.” Back pain and neck pain patients who have had a few episodes with either condition realize this, too. They associate their healthcare goals with their experience: there is not always a cure, but there is often control to prevent pain episodes and relieving care to get through the pain episodes as quickly as possible. Young Chiropractic is the Easley chiropractic home for back and neck pain patients. Young Chiropractic is home of the Easley back pain specialist.
PATIENT EXPECTATIONS: HOW THEY INFLUENCE AND HOW THEY’RE MET
Chiropractic back pain specialists know their back pain and neck pain sufferers well. A newly released study of 1614 patients experiencing chronic low back pain (885) and chronic neck pain (729) found their goals for chiropractic care of their issues. About a third of them wished for the pain to go away forever and were more likely to have suffered with pain for a briefer period of time and hold a stronger belief in medical cure; they sought a cure. 22% of low back pain and 16% of neck pain patients sought to stop their pain from returning and were more likely to have lower pain levels. 14% of low back and 12% of neck pain patients wished to keep their pain from getting worse. 31% of back pain and 41% of neck pain patients wanted temporary relief of their pain. These last two sets of patients tended to have experienced pain for a longer period of time. Which group do you fall into? Like most humans, there is a discrepancy from person to person depending on their experience that chiropractors and other healthcare providers really should understand. (1) Such patient expectations are written to predict short-term outcomes of chiropractic care for low back pain. Another study detailed that patients with a high expectation of improvement were 58% more apt to report an improvement at the 4th visit. (2) Certainly, having healthcare providers of various professions working as a team can raise low back pain patients’ chances of relief. (3) Today, the patient is the focus for healthcare providers. Patient-centered care relies on patient-reported outcomes to tell the story. The patient’s perspective must always be taken into account. And when it comes to non-pharmacological treatment of low back pain, active patient involvement is vital. (4) At Young Chiropractic the Easley back pain patient is at the center of all we do.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Ed Hutter on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson in which he details his history of being a back pain patient desiring pain relief and how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management eased his pain.
Schedule your Easley chiropractic visit with your Easley back pain specialist today. Bring your expectations of care. We will make a treatment plan together to meet them.