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

What do you expect from your chiropractic care of Plainville back pain? That is a key question. Research is reporting that that questions of expectations plays a role in back pain treatment outcome whether that treatment is surgical or conservative. Layden Chiropractic aims to listen to you and your expectations of our Plainville back pain treatment and share 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 ranged from a little to a lot depending 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 patient-reported outcomes met the surgeon’s expectations. The researchers emphasized that effective communication about expectations may well foster better outcomes. (1) That’s why Layden Chiropractic spends time with each Plainville back pain patient early on in care, making sure the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-described. If not, tell us!

AN ACCEPTABLE SYMPTOM STATE

If a patient doesn’t get the relief he/she desired 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% stated 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) Layden Chiropractic knows no pain is the preferred state and is prepared to discuss with our Plainville chiropractic patients their options and potential outcomes.

DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS

The question of back surgery is a big issue. 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 considered in treatment planning and decision making among available options? A new paper pointed out 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 impacts 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 many patients, the prospect of work is goal of back pain treatment 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) Layden Chiropractic offers effective, nonsurgical treatment of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is described and absorbed. Plainville chiropractic care keeps the back pain patient at its center.

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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.

Schedule your next Plainville chiropractic visit today. Layden Chiropractic invites you to think about and answer the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be happy with the outcome!

 
Layden Chiropractic strives to meet realistic patient expectations when it comes to conservative back pain relief. 
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