Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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 varies 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 undergone a couple back surgeries, several spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Vancouver Spine Care Centre invites all these Vancouver back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Vancouver back pain treatment and specifically Vancouver 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 defines the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the slightest change in outcome a patient feels is meaningful to him or her. That difference is described 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 defined as 30% reduction in disability. 55% reported such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who underwent spine surgery for lumbar spine 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 communicated to Vancouver chiropractic patients at Vancouver Spine Care Centre when the treatment plan is set up.


In going by the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Vancouver Spine Care Centre and fellow chiropractors who use it aim for 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t see this as too lofty a target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Vancouver Spine Care Centre see higher percentages of improvement for many Vancouver back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients results in just a few visits to a week or two, Vancouver chiropractic treatment carries on without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is often a longed for relief for Vancouver back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might involve taking the dog for a walk or walking to the mailbox. Vancouver Spine Care Centre strives to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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