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Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

July 10, 2018

What do Augusta back pain sufferers desire when they seek Augusta back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Augusta back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage differs 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 undergone a few back surgeries, numerous spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic welcomes all these Augusta back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Augusta back pain treatment and specifically Augusta chiropractic outcomes of care following the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you expect from your back pain treatment? 30% is said to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that adequate for you? Medical literature describes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the smallest change in status a patient feels is meaningful to him or her. That difference is described 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% reported 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 experienced by 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction decreases as disability increases. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are shared with Augusta chiropractic patients at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic when the treatment plan is arranged.


In going by the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic and fellow chiropractors who use it aim for 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not feel that is too high a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic see higher percentages of improvement for many Augusta back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients appears in just a couple visits to a couple weeks, Augusta chiropractic treatment carries on without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits are seen or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is often a longed for relief for Augusta back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is satisfactory. This might include walking the dog or going to the mailbox. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic tries to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Augusta chiropractic visit today. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic works to meet patient expectations of Augusta back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) as well as establishing realistic expectations of back pain relief for each individual spine. 

The pain relief expectations of Augusta back pain patients influence their satisfaction with chiropractic care. What’s realistic?