What do you expect from your
chiropractic care of Pensacola
back pain? That is a pivotal question. Research
reports that that questions of expectations has a role in back pain treatment outcome whether that treatment is surgical or conservative. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center aims
to listen to you and your expectations of our Pensacola back
pain treatment and present what our treatment’s outcomes have been in practice and in
INFLUENTIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BACK SURGERY OUTCOMES
A recent 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 ranged from a little to a lot depending
on the patient and his/her specific issues. 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 emphasized that effective communication about expectations
may well foster better outcomes. (1) That’s
why Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center spends time with each Pensacola
back pain patient early on in care, making sure the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-explained.
If not, ask us!
AN ACCEPTABLE SYMPTOM STATE
If a patient does not experience
the relief he/she wanted 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) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center appreciates that no pain is the preferred state and is ready to talk
with our Pensacola chiropractic patients their options and possible
DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS
The question of back surgery is a big issue. 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 regarded in treatment planning and decision making
among available options? A recent paper pointed
out that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical
characteristics must be considered in planning care. (3)
One factor 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 a
lot of patients, the prospect of work is goal of back pain treatment which is positive
according to this new report on how back pain patient recovery
expectations impact clinical outcomes. A review of
60 studies found that a patient’s recovery expectations are
probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center applies
effective, nonsurgical treatment of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain
sufferers is presented and absorbed. Pensacola chiropractic care keeps the back pain patient at its center.
CONTACT Pensacola Spinal Rehab 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 helped manage back pain for a patient who was adamant about not wanting back surgery.
Set your next Pensacola
chiropractic visit today. Pensacola Spinal Rehab 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!