Cross Chiropractic Center Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Sandy Springs back pain sufferers desire when they seek Sandy Springs back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Sandy Springs 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 many times expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has had a few back surgeries, several spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. Cross Chiropractic Center invites all these Sandy Springs back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature reports as realistic outcomes of Sandy Springs back pain treatment and specifically Sandy Springs 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 said 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 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 explained to be 30% reduction in disability. 55% stated such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who had spine surgery for low back 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 Sandy Springs chiropractic patients at Cross Chiropractic Center when the treatment plan is established.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Cross Chiropractic Center and fellow chiropractors who offer it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not feel that is too lofty a target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Cross Chiropractic Center witness higher percentages of improvement for many Sandy Springs back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients comes in just a few visits to a week or two, Sandy Springs chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits occur or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is frequently a timely relief for Sandy Springs back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might involve taking the dog for a walk or walking to the mailbox. Cross Chiropractic Center strives to help patients attain realistic and sustainable outcomes of care.

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