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West Palm Beach Chiropractic and Back Pain Relief Expectations via Surgical or Conservative Care

What do you expect from your West Palm Beach chiropractic care of back pain? That is a key question. Research is reporting that it plays a role in back pain treatment outcome be the treatment surgical or conservative. Chiropractic Care aspires to listen to you and your expectations of our West Palm Beach back pain treatment and share what our treatment’s outcomes have been 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 ranged from a little to a lot dependant on the patient and his/her specific condition. Can you guess 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 foster better outcomes. (1) That’s why Chiropractic Care devotes time to each West Palm Beach back pain patient early on in care, making sure the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-described. If not, ask us!

AN ACCEPTABLE SYMPTOM STATE

If original patient expectations aren’t  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) Chiropractic Care realizes no pain is the preferred state and is prepared to talk with our West Palm Beach chiropractic patients their options and potential outcomes.

DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS

The question of back surgery is a big issue. 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 regarded 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 impacts 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 goal of back pain treatment which is positive according to this new report on how back pain patient recovery expectations influence clinical outcomes. A review of 60 studies found that a patient’s recovery expectations are probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Chiropractic Care uses effective, nonsurgical treatment of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is presented and absorbed. West Palm Beach 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 explained 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 West Palm Beach chiropractic visit soon. Chiropractic Care wants to know your answer to the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be satisfied with the outcome!

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