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Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

July 10, 2018

What do Fort Wayne back pain sufferers want when they seek Fort Wayne back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Fort Wayne back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage varies 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 experienced a couple back surgeries, several spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc welcomes all these Fort Wayne back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Fort Wayne back pain treatment and specifically Fort Wayne 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 reported to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that enough for you? Medical literature defines the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the slightest change in status a patient sees as 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% stated 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 met for 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction decreases as disability increases. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Fort Wayne chiropractic patients at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc when the treatment plan is established.


In adhering to the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc witness higher percentages of improvement for many Fort Wayne back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients comes in just a few visits to a week or two, Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits are seen or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is often a long-awaited relief for Fort Wayne 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. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc tries to help patients attain realistic and sustainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic visit today. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc works to meet patient expectations of Fort Wayne back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) as well as forming realistic expectations of back pain relief for each patient’s spine. 

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