Young Chiropractic Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

July 10, 2018

What do Easley back pain sufferers desire when they seek Easley back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Easley 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 often expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has gone through a few back surgeries, some spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Young Chiropractic welcomes all these Easley back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Easley back pain treatment and specifically Easley chiropractic outcomes of care using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you expect from your back pain treatment? 30% is held to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that enough for you? Medical literature describes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the least change in outcome a patient feels is meaningful to him or her. That difference is described as 30% improvement in self-reported pain or function as a result of 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 goes up. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are shared with Easley chiropractic patients at Young Chiropractic when the treatment plan is established.


In adhering to the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Young Chiropractic and fellow chiropractors who use it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not feel that is too high a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Young Chiropractic see higher percentages of improvement for many Easley back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients appears in just a few visits to a couple weeks, Easley chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is often a welcome relief for Easley back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is satisfactory. This might incorporate taking the dog for a walk or walking to the mailbox. Young Chiropractic tries to help patients achieve realistic and sustainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Easley chiropractic visit today. Young Chiropractic works to meet patient expectations of Easley back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) as well as setting reasonable expectations of back pain relief for each patient’s spine. 

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