Sandy Springs Chiropractic and Back Pain Relief Expectations via Surgical or Conservative Care

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 research.


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!


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 outcomes.


Deciding 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.

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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!

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