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

What do you expect from your chiropractic care of Williamson back pain? That is a pivotal question. Research is reporting that that questions of expectations has a role in back pain treatment outcome be the treatment surgical or conservative. Apple Country Chiropractic intends to hear your expectations of our Williamson back pain treatment and present what our treatment’s outcomes have been in practice and in research.

INFLUENTIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BACK SURGERY OUTCOMES

A recent research project studied 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. Can you guess 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 stressed that effective communication about expectations may well foster better outcomes. (1) That’s why Apple Country Chiropractic spends time with each Williamson back pain patient at the beginning of care, making sure the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-described. If not, tell us!

AN ACCEPTABLE SYMPTOM STATE

If a patient doesn’t experience 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) Apple Country Chiropractic knows no pain is the preferred state and is ready to talk with our Williamson chiropractic patients their options and possible outcomes.

DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS

Deciding whether to have back surgery is a big decision. Evidence-based medicine sees that the patient at 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 indicated 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 many patients, the prospect of work is goal of back pain treatment which is encouraging according to this new report on how back pain patient recovery expectations sway clinical outcomes. A review of 60 studies reported that a patient’s recovery expectations are probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Apple Country Chiropractic uses effective, nonsurgical care of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is presented and understood. Williamson 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 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.

Make your next Williamson chiropractic visit soon. Apple Country Chiropractic invites you to ponder and answer the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be happy with the outcome!

 
Apple Country Chiropractic strives to meet realistic patient expectations regarding conservative back pain relief. 
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