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The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Colorado Springs back pain sufferers want when they seek Colorado Springs back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Colorado Springs 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 often expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has gone through a few back surgeries, several spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR invites all these Colorado Springs back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature reports as realistic outcomes of Colorado Springs back pain treatment and specifically Colorado Springs chiropractic outcomes of care following the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you want 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 outcome a patient feels is meaningful to him or her. That difference is defined as 30% improvement in self-reported pain or function as a result of a study of 743 patients. (2)  In another study of 609 back-related leg pain and sciatica patients, good outcome is explained to be 30% reduction in disability. 55% stated such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who had spine surgery for low back degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was experienced by 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability rises. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Colorado Springs chiropractic patients at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR when the treatment plan is arranged.


In going by the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR and fellow chiropractors who utilize it aim for 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t see this as too lofty a target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR see higher percentages of improvement for many Colorado Springs back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients comes in just a few visits to a couple weeks, Colorado Springs chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is often a welcome relief for Colorado Springs back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is satisfactory. This might involve taking the dog for a walk or walking to the mailbox. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR tries to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Colorado Springs chiropractic visit today. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR anticipates meeting patient expectations of Colorado Springs back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) while also setting realistic expectations of back pain relief for each individual spine. 

The pain relief expectations of Colorado Springs back pain patients influence their satisfaction with chiropractic care. What is realistic? 
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