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Johnson Chiropractic Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Richmond back pain sufferers desire when they seek Richmond back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Richmond back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage varies with the back pain patient’s experience and past care. First time back pain sufferers many times expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has experienced a few back surgeries, several spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. Johnson Chiropractic invites all these Richmond back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Richmond back pain treatment and specifically Richmond chiropractic outcomes of care following the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you want 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 slightest change in outcome a patient feels is meaningful to him or her. That difference is defined 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 defined as 30% reduction in disability. 55% stated such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who underwent spine surgery for lumbar spine degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was met for 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability goes up. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are shared with Richmond chiropractic patients at Johnson Chiropractic when the treatment plan is established.


In going by the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Johnson Chiropractic and fellow chiropractors who use it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not see this as too lofty a target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Johnson Chiropractic find higher percentages of improvement for many Richmond back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients results in just a few visits to a couple weeks, Richmond chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is often a long-awaited relief for Richmond back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is satisfactory. This might involve walking the dog or walking to the mailbox. Johnson Chiropractic strives to help patients achieve realistic and sustainable outcomes of care.

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