Satterwhite Chiropractic Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

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


How much improvement do you expect from your back pain treatment? 30% is reported to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that adequate for you? Medical literature characterizes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the smallest change in status a patient feels is meaningful to him or her. That difference is defined as 30% improvement in self-reported pain or function as a result of a study of 743 patients. (2)  In another study of 609 back-related leg pain and sciatica patients, good outcome is defined as 30% reduction in disability. 55% reported such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who had spine surgery for lumbar spine degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was met for 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability goes up. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Oxford chiropractic patients at Satterwhite Chiropractic when the treatment plan is set up.


In going by the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Satterwhite Chiropractic and fellow chiropractors who offer it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t see this as too lofty a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Satterwhite Chiropractic find higher percentages of improvement for many Oxford back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients results in just a couple visits to a couple weeks, Oxford chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits are seen or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is often a timely relief for Oxford back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might include walking the dog or walking to the mailbox. Satterwhite Chiropractic strives to help patients attain realistic and sustainable outcomes of care.

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