Pensacola Chiropractic and Back Pain Relief Expectations via Surgical or Conservative Care

What do you expect from your chiropractic care of Pensacola back pain? That question is huge. 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 research.


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!


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 outcomes.


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.

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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 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!

Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center strives to meet realistic patient expectations when it comes to conservative back pain relief. 
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