What expectations do you have of your Easley chiropractic care of back pain? That question is huge. Research reports that that questions of expectations has a role in back pain treatment outcome whether that treatment is surgical or conservative. Young Chiropractic aspires to hear your expectations of our Easley back pain treatment and share the outcomes of our treatment documented in practice and in research.
INFLUENTIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BACK SURGERY OUTCOMES
A new research project scrutinized 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. Two years after the back surgery, the outcomes reported by patients met the surgeon’s expectations. The researchers emphasized that effective communication about expectations may well further better outcomes. (1) That is why Young Chiropractic devotes time to each Easley 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 initial patient expectations are not met with 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) Young Chiropractic knows no pain is the preferred state and is ready to talk with our Easley chiropractic patients their options and potential outcomes.
DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS
Deciding whether to have back surgery is a big decision. 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 choosing from available options? A recent paper pointed out that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical characteristics must be considered in planning care. (3) One issue 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 opposed to non-users. They also had higher expectations of positive outcome than higher-dose opioid patients. (4) For a lot of patients, the prospect of work is goal of back pain treatment which is affirming according to this new report on how back pain patient recovery expectations impact clinical outcomes. A review of 60 studies found that a patient’s recovery expectations are probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Young Chiropractic applies effective, nonsurgical care of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is described and absorbed. Easley 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 assisted in the management of back pain for a patient who was absolutely positive about not wanting back surgery.
Make your next Easley chiropractic visit soon. Young Chiropractic invites you to ponder and answer the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be satisfied with the outcome!