Richmond Back Pain Patients Expect Results from Chiropractic Care

November 26, 2019

“I do not want this pain to get worse.”

“I want some pain relief.”

“I want pain relief.”

“I want this back pain to go away and never return.”

Back pain and neck pain patients have a tendency to have different goals for their pain. The goal of healthcare policy is mostly curative. Many chronic pain patients know otherwise. Johnson Chiropractic knows otherwise. We all want relief and some semblance of control over how and when back pain and neck pain appear and disappear. Chiropractic care is for these patients. Johnson Chiropractic’s chiropractic care looks at a problem like back and neck pain and recognizes that often there is no “cure,” but there is “control.” Back pain and neck pain patients who have gone through a few bouts with either condition realize this, too. They align their healthcare goals with their experience: there isn’t always a cure, but there is often control to avert pain episodes and relieving care to get through the pain bouts as fast as possible. Johnson Chiropractic is the Richmond chiropractic place for back and neck pain patients. Johnson Chiropractic is home of the Richmond back pain specialist.


Chiropractic back pain specialists know their back pain and neck pain sufferers well. A newly released study of 1614 patients experiencing chronic low back pain (885) and chronic neck pain (729) reported their goals for chiropractic care of their conditions. About a third of them wanted the pain to cease forever and were more likely to have had pain for a briefer period of time and have a stronger belief in medical cure; they sought a cure. 22% of low back pain and 16% of neck pain patients sought to stop their pain from returning and tended to have lower pain levels. 14% of low back and 12% of neck pain patients sought to keep their pain from getting worse. 31% of back pain and 41% of neck pain patients wished temporary relief of their pain. These last two groups of patients were more likely to have had pain for a longer period of time. Which group do you fall into? Like most humans, there is a discrepancy from person to person depending on their experience that chiropractors and other healthcare providers really should understand. (1) Such patient expectations are documented to predict short-term outcomes of chiropractic care for low back pain. Another study documented that patients with a high expectation of improvement were 58% more likely to report an improvement at the 4th appointment. (2) Surely, having an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers working as a team can raise low back pain patients’ odds of relief. (3) Today, the patient is the center of healthcare. Patient-centered care relies on patient-reported outcomes to tell the story. The patient’s perspective must always be taken into account. And as for non-pharmacological treatment of low back pain, active patient involvement is vital. (4) At Johnson Chiropractic the Richmond back pain patient is at the center of all we do.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Ed Hutter on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson in which he shares his story of being a back pain patient desiring pain relief and how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped him.

Schedule your Richmond chiropractic visit with your Richmond back pain specialist today. Bring your expectations of care. We’ll make a treatment plan together to meet them.

Johnson Chiropractic considers patients’ expectations of the care they seek for their back pain and neck pain and seeks to meet them.