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

What expectations do you have of your chiropractic care of Vancouver back pain? That question is huge. Research is reporting that it has a role in back pain treatment outcome be the treatment surgical or conservative. Vancouver Disc Centers aims to hear your expectations of our Vancouver back pain treatment and present the outcomes of our treatment documented 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 full relief and improvement of their back pain after lumbar spine surgery. Surgeons expected improvement that varied 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 outcomes reported by patients met the surgeon’s expectations. The researchers stressed that effective communication about expectations may well foster better outcomes. (1) That is why Vancouver Disc Centers spends time with each Vancouver 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 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% 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) Vancouver Disc Centers appreciates that no pain is the preferred state and is ready to talk with our Vancouver chiropractic patients their options and possible 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 considered in planning care. (3) One factor 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 this new report on how back pain patient recovery expectations sway clinical outcomes. A review of 60 studies found that a patient’s recovery expectations are probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Vancouver Disc Centers employs effective, nonsurgical care of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is described and absorbed. Vancouver 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 assisted in the management of back pain for a patient who was adamant about not wanting back surgery.

Set your next Vancouver chiropractic visit soon. Vancouver Disc Centers invites you to ponder and answer the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be satisfied with the outcome!

 
Vancouver Disc Centers strives to meet realistic patient expectations when it comes to conservative back pain relief. 
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