What do you expect from your
chiropractic care of Oxford
back pain? That is a pivotal question. Research
is reporting that it plays
a role in back pain treatment outcome be the
treatment surgical or conservative. Satterwhite Chiropractic aims
to listen to you and your expectations of our Oxford back
pain treatment and share the outcomes of our treatment
documented in practice and in
INFLUENTIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BACK SURGERY OUTCOMES
A new research project studied
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 ranged from a little to a lot depending
on the patient and his/her specific condition. 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 emphasized that effective communication about expectations
may well further better outcomes. (1) That is
why Satterwhite Chiropractic devotes time to each Oxford
back pain patient early on in care, ensuring
that the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-described.
If not, ask us!
AN ACCEPTABLE SYMPTOM STATE
If a patient doesn’t get
the relief he/she wanted from 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) Satterwhite Chiropractic knows no pain is the preferred state and is ready to talk
with our Oxford chiropractic patients their options and possible
DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS
whether to have back surgery is a big decision. 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 new paper indicated that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical
characteristics must be taken into account 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 opposed to 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 encouraging
according to a 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) Satterwhite Chiropractic employs
effective, nonsurgical care of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain
sufferers is presented and absorbed. Oxford chiropractic care keeps the back pain patient at its center.
CONTACT Satterwhite Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Anthony Galante on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as he described how Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and chiropractic treatment helped manage back pain for a patient who was absolutely
positive about not wanting back surgery.
Set your next Oxford
chiropractic visit soon. Satterwhite Chiropractic invites you to ponder and answer the question of your
expectations for our treatment so that we can both be happy
with the outcome!