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The Colorado Springs Back and Neck Pain Relief Wave

For many, seeing and hearing ocean waves is calming. For Colorado Springs neck pain and back pain patients, experiencing the wave of healing pain relief can be the same if they are aware of it. For those who don’t realize that pain will come and go while healing, the wave of healing can be saddening. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR helps our patients appreciate the wave of healing, recognize the research supporting our relieving treatment plan, and celebrate the pain relief they experience.


Since back and neck pain experiences are filled with fluctuations of symptoms as they get better, researchers have worked on a way to classify neck pain patients and their pain patterns by tracking 1208 neck pain patients. They came up with 16 subgroups! Wow. The biggest subgroup was “mild persistent fluctuating” with 25% of the patients in it rating their pain as a 3.4 out of 10 (10 worst pain). The “moderate episodic” group had 24% with a pain rating of 2.7. “Persistent fluctuating” pain patients were those bothered more by pain than the others. (1) Instead of just labeling and rating pain, researchers had patients portray their pain using a visual picture scale about their pain intensity and symptomatology over a year. The patient responses were very similar in explaining the pain intensity but not as much for the symptoms and their characteristics. (2) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR notices that everybody feels pain in slightly different ways and that they find certain types of pain more annoying than others do. All of our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients are unique!


For a year, another study tracked 1124 neck pain patients who saw a chiropractor. Neck pain patients experiencing “persistent pain” – 75% to 63% over 12 months - and very minor pain stayed relatively stable. Those who had “episodic pain” – 21% to 24% over the year – had greater changes in their pain patterns. (3) This is the reason we tell our back and neck pain patients that recovery is more wavelike than a straight line. While healing, pain comes and goes. Going away more than it comes is a positive sign of healing and pain relief. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR reminds our Colorado Springs neck pain and back pain patients to not be discouraged along the way. We will get there together!


Research such as described here regarding the patterns of neck pain and back pain sufferers reflects the on-going need for them to have team members like their chiropractors along with general practitioners to handle it, understand it, and care for it. One researcher explained how a patient who had spinal surgery 30 years ago now had neck pain and cervical arm pain due to adjacent segment disease a condition often seen in spinal discs around the spinal level that underwent back surgery - was treated with cervical manipulation, flexion distraction decompression (Cox®), soft-tissue mobilization, and therapeutic ultrasound for pain relief. (4) Again, pain relief is seldom sudden, but rather slow and steady with treatment, coming/going pain intensity, patience, and appreciation for the relief attained be it 50%, 70% or 90% as explained by the 50% Rule of Cox® Technic.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. John Murray on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares patient cases that were difficultcomplex and yet found relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management with time.

Schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment today. Together, we will aim for the calming wave of healing and celebrate the pain relief.

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR rides the wave of healing pain relief with our neck pain and back pain patients.  

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