Control not cure. That is a difficult notion to bear when you are in pain. Then again, for many back pain and neck pain patients, any relief is acceptable. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic treats many Augusta back pain and Augusta neck pain patients who suffer with chronic pain. Fortunately, spine pain patients who choose chiropractic care with realistic goals often find relief.
CURE vs MANAGEMENT
When patients visit doctors, they generally seek a “fix”. They desire to be “cured” from their ailment be it a cold or a headache or an infection even their back pain or neck pain. Researchers wrote that medicine and healthcare mostly follow the “curative” model of care. For some conditions, management or control of the condition becomes the goal of care. Back and neck pain patients who realize that their condition is theirs for life and that there is help for containing that pain by on-going chiropractic care turn into grateful patients. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic sees them all the time. The healthcare “curative” model may not change any time soon, but the patients’ healthcare services do. Recently, researchers studied back pain patients seeking care from chiropractors. Of 1614 chronic back and neck pain patients, less than 1/3rd of them had a goal of a permanent end to their pain. These patients experienced pain for a shorter time and believed in a medical cure. The rest of the patients looked for on-going care to avert the pain from returning, prevent it from getting worse, and attain temporary relief of their pain. These patients had lower pain levels for a longer time. (1) Patients’ hopes have an effect on their pain relief.
HOPES OF BACK PAIN PATIENTS
It’s no secret that low back pain is a costly healthcare challenge with regards to finances as well as quality of life. Back pain sufferers who possess a high expectation of improvement enjoy a 58% higher chance of reporting improvement at the fourth visit to the chiropractor. Your Augusta chiropractor knows the importance of our back pain patients’ hopes and expectations. These hopes predict short-term outcomes better than pain intensity, self-rated health status or psychological status. (2) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic shares expectations that will improve patients’ quality of life.
50% relief is a quality of life improvement! The 50% Rule with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management relays realistic expectations to spine pain sufferers from the beginning. Many Augusta back pain patients who come to Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic and have struggled with their pain for some time already are thrilled with the prospect of 10% or 20% or 50% or more. They just want some semblance of their pre-pain life back even if it is walking around the block or going to the grocery store. Cox® Technic aims for 50% relief of pain within 30 days of care with patient cooperation on appointments and at-home suggestions of exercise and/or nutrition. The 50% Rule also assures both the back pain sufferer and the physician that the “next thing” to do if relief is not attained will be managed. Our patients can rely on Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic to take care of them.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Scott Spengel on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about helping a patient with Cox® Technic for relief of her back pain with a reasonable cost on a reasonable timeframe to meet her expectations of pain reduction.
Schedule a Augusta chiropractic visit soon for some control of your back pain and improved quality of life whether it’s 10% or 25% or 50% or more. It is nice to have some control of the pain that’s controlled you for too long.