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

What do you expect from your chiropractic care of Vancouver 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. Vancouver Spine Care Centre intends to listen to you and your expectations of our Vancouver 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 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 varied from a little to a lot dependant on the patient and his/her specific issues. Whose expectations were met? The surgeons’ expectations. Two 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 further better outcomes. (1) That is why Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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-explained. If not, ask us!

AN ACCEPTABLE SYMPTOM STATE

If a patient does not experience 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 involved these: 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 Spine Care Centre realizes no pain is the preferred state and is ready to discuss 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 pointed out that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical characteristics must be considered 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 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 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 reported that a patient’s recovery expectations are probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Vancouver Spine Care Centre uses effective, nonsurgical care of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is presented 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 helped manage back pain for a patient who was adamant about not wanting back surgery.

Make your next Vancouver chiropractic visit today. Vancouver Spine Care Centre invites you to think about and answer the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be satisfied with the outcome!

 
Vancouver Spine Care Centre strives to meet realistic patient expectations when it comes to conservative back pain relief. 
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