What expectations do you have of your
Sandy Springs chiropractic care of back pain? That is a key question. Research
reports that it plays
a role in back pain treatment outcome whether that treatment is surgical or conservative. Cross Chiropractic Center intends
to listen to you and your expectations of our Sandy Springs back
pain treatment and present what our treatment’s outcomes have been in practice and in
INFLUENTIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BACK SURGERY OUTCOMES
A new research project examined
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 condition. Can you guess 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 foster better outcomes. (1) That’s
why Cross Chiropractic Center devotes time to each Sandy Springs
back pain patient at the beginning of care, making sure the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-explained.
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 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) Cross Chiropractic Center appreciates that no pain is the preferred state and is prepared to talk
with our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients their options and possible
DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS
whether to have back surgery is a big decision. 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 considered in treatment planning and choosing from available options? A new paper pointed
out 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 many patients, the prospect of work is a light at the end of the
tunnel which is affirming
according to a new report on how back pain patient recovery
expectations impact clinical outcomes. A review of
60 studies reported that a patient’s recovery expectations are
probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Cross Chiropractic Center offers
effective, nonsurgical care of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain
sufferers is presented and understood. Sandy Springs chiropractic care keeps the back pain patient at its center.
CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center
Check out 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 assisted
in the management of back pain for a patient who was adamant about not wanting back surgery.
Set your next Sandy Springs
chiropractic visit today. Cross Chiropractic Center invites you to ponder and answer the question of your
expectations for our treatment so that we can both be happy
with the outcome!