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Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Sitka back pain sufferers want when they seek Sitka back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Sitka back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage varies 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 experienced a few back surgeries, numerous spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka invites all these Sitka back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Sitka back pain treatment and specifically Sitka 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 enough 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% stated 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 met for 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction decreases as disability increases. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Sitka chiropractic patients at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka when the treatment plan is arranged.


In going by the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka and fellow chiropractors who use it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t see this as too lofty a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka observe higher percentages of improvement for many Sitka back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients comes in just a few visits to a week or two, Sitka chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits are seen or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is frequently a welcome relief for Sitka back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is satisfactory. This might involve walking the dog or going to the mailbox. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka strives to help patients attain realistic and sustainable outcomes of care.

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