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Vancouver Disc Centers Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Vancouver back pain sufferers want when they seek Vancouver back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Vancouver back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage differs with the back pain patient’s experience and past care. First time back pain sufferers often expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has gone through a couple back surgeries, numerous spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Vancouver Disc Centers invites all these Vancouver back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature reports as realistic outcomes of Vancouver back pain treatment and specifically Vancouver chiropractic outcomes of care using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you expect from your back pain treatment? 30% is held to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that adequate for you? Medical literature defines the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the least change in outcome a patient feels is meaningful to him or her. That difference is defined as 30% improvement in self-reported pain or function by a study of 743 patients. (2)  In another study of 609 back-related leg pain and sciatica patients, good outcome is explained to be 30% reduction in disability. 55% reported such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who underwent spine surgery for low back degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was experienced by 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction decreases as disability increases. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are shared with Vancouver chiropractic patients at Vancouver Disc Centers when the treatment plan is arranged.


In adhering to the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Vancouver Disc Centers and fellow chiropractors who utilize it aim for 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t feel that is too high a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Vancouver Disc Centers find higher percentages of improvement for many Vancouver back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients comes in just a couple visits to a couple weeks, Vancouver chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is often a timely relief for Vancouver back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might include walking the dog or going to the mailbox. Vancouver Disc Centers tries to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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The pain relief expectations of Vancouver back pain patients influence their satisfaction with chiropractic care. What’s realistic? 
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