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Spinal Care Clinic Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

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


How much improvement do you want from your back pain treatment? 30% is held to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that adequate for you? Medical literature defines the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the least change in outcome a patient sees as 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 described 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 low back degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was experienced by 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction decreases as disability rises. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients at Spinal Care Clinic when the treatment plan is arranged.


In adhering to the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Spinal Care 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 lofty a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Spinal Care Clinic observe higher percentages of improvement for many Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients comes in just a couple visits to a couple weeks, Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is often a welcome relief for Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might involve taking the dog for a walk or going to the mailbox. Spinal Care Clinic tries to help patients attain realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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The pain relief expectations of Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients influence their satisfaction with chiropractic care. What is realistic? 
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