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Chiropractic Care Offers Realistic Back Pain Relief Expectations

Let’s be honest. You want 100% relief of your West Palm Beach back pain and have it never return. Heck, you did not want it to happen in the first place! Well, Chiropractic Care desires that for you, too. But reality intervenes. The research gets published. Realistic expectations are explained. Standard treatment outcomes lead you and Chiropractic Care as we travel together toward healing and improved quality of life with back pain.

MEDICAL CLINICAL EXPECTATION

Medicine today reports 30% minimal clinical improvement as good enough to merit the use of a treatment approach. (1) The “minimal clinically important difference” is an indicator of the value of treatment. In a large review of studies, the relative percent was found to be 32%. (2) “Good” outcome of medical primary care for sciatica and leg pain was just 30% reduction in disability. 55% of patients were improved at one year. (1) Another researcher group reported that a 20 point move on a 100 point scale is a good outcome.  A change of 19% on an Oswestry pain scale and 2 points on a 10 points visual analogue scale is considered successful reduction in pain for a patient with continued postoperative spine pain. (3) Chiropractic Care knows West Palm Beach back pain patients desire more relief than that. Establishing realistic expectations from the beginning boosts the odds of a satisfactory outcome for our West Palm Beach chiropractic patients.

CHIROPRACTIC ROLE IN BACK PAIN RELIEF

Chiropractic is often grouped with alternative medicine. Chiropractic strives to address the source of spine-related pain with spine treatment, exercise, nutrition, etc., while allopathic medicine seeks to remove the offending agent of pain by drug or invasive methods. (4) One study comparing the two approaches showed that at 2 months of care, older adults with lumbar spine stenosis treated with manual therapy and exercise fared better than medical care and group exercise. (5) Another study of older adults with back pain stated 50% improvement in back pain and 43% in disability after 2 years of care. The honest truth: fewer than 20% of these patients had complete resolution of pain and disability, but they were better. (6) Chiropractic Care assists many West Palm Beach back pain and stenosis patients honestly set realistic expectations for clinical improvement of their back pain conditions utilizing the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

CLINICAL OUTCOMES WITH COX® TECHNIC

Cox® Technic has always sought at least 50% relief within 30 days before doing another treatment protocol or arranging appointments for more advanced imaging tests or referral for surgical consultation (as long as there is no evidence of progressive neurological deficit or caudal equina syndrome/change in bowel or urinary function which would call for a more immediate action). (7) For years, 50% did not seem like enough. Today, it’s amazing relief compared with the new medical and surgical expectation of 20% to 30% relief. One more recent study documents even more relief with Cox® Technic: Spinal stenosis patients improved in pain by 76% and disability by 73%. (8) How might such improvement come? Horizontal traction was reported to be much more effective in increasing disc height of lower lumbar discs. (9) Cox® Technic distraction manipulation was found to enlarge the area by 28%. (10) Chiropractic Care has cared for many West Palm Beach back pain patients whose 20% relief of pain excited them as it permitted them to walk in the park or go to the grocery store or play with the grandkids.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Wanda Lopez on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson whose patient was overjoyed just being able to take a walk in Central Park without pain.

CONTACT Chiropractic Care

Schedule your next chiropractic appointment at Chiropractic Care today. We’ll be honest. We will discuss treatment outcome expectations with you. Chiropractic Care is on your side and committed to helping you get the West Palm Beach back pain relief you want.

Chiropractic Care treats back pain patients who want 100% relief of pain and gently tempers those expectations to assure them of improved quality of life. 
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