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

What do you expect from your chiropractic care of Brooks back pain? That is a pivotal question. Research reports that it plays a role in back pain treatment outcome whether that treatment is surgical or conservative. Soft Health and Healing Clinic aspires to listen to you and your expectations of our Brooks back pain treatment and present 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 ranged 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 patient-reported outcomes met the surgeon’s expectations. The researchers stressed that effective communication about expectations may well advance better outcomes. (1) That’s why Soft Health and Healing Clinic spends time with each Brooks back pain patient at the beginning of care, making sure the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-described. If not, ask 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% stated having an acceptable symptom state at 1 month of care. Specifically, patient-reported acceptable symptoms involved these: 47.5 for lumbar pain, 30.5 for radicular pain, 39.3 for disability, 10.0 for anxiety, and 6.7 for depression. (2) Soft Health and Healing Clinic appreciates that no pain is the preferred state and is ready to talk with our Brooks 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 taken into account 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 compared with 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 a light at the end of the tunnel which is positive according to a 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic applies effective, nonsurgical treatment of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is presented and understood. Brooks chiropractic care keeps the back pain patient at its center.

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Check out this PODCAST with Dr. Anthony Galante on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he described how Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and chiropractic treatment helped manage back pain for a patient who was adamant about not wanting back surgery.

Schedule your next Brooks chiropractic visit today. Soft Health and Healing Clinic wants to know your answer to the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be satisfied with the outcome!

 
Soft Health and Healing Clinic strives to meet realistic patient expectations regarding conservative back pain relief. 
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