The Fort Wayne Back and Neck Pain Relief Wave 09/20/2022For many, seeing and hearing ocean waves is calming. For Fort Wayne neck pain and back pain patients, experiencing the wave of relief from pain can be the same if they are aware of it. For those who don’t understand that pain waxes and wanes while healing, the wave of healing can be frustrating. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc helps our patients understand the wave of healing, are aware of the research supporting our relieving treatment plan, and celebrate the pain relief they get. DESCRIBING AND RATING PAIN Since back and neck pain experiences are filled with fluctuating symptoms as they heal, researchers have worked on a system to classify neck pain patients and their pain patterns by studying 1208 neck pain patients. They came up with 16 subgroups! Wow. The largest 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% reporting pain at a 2.7. “Persistent fluctuating” pain patients were those disturbed more by pain than the others. (1) Instead of just defining and rating pain, researchers had patients portray their pain using a visual picture scale about their pain intensity and symptomatology over 12 months. The patient responses were very similar in explaining the pain intensity but not so much for the symptoms and their characteristics. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc notices that everybody feels pain in slightly different ways and that they find certain sorts of pain more annoying than others do. All of our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients are distinctive! THE HEALING “WAVE” For a year, another study tracked 1124 neck pain patients who saw a chiropractor. Neck pain patients having “persistent pain” – 75% to 63% over the year - and very minor pain stayed relatively stable. Those who had “episodic pain” – 21% to 24% over the year – changed more in their pain patterns. (3) This is the reason we tell our back and neck pain patients that recovery is more like a wave than a straight line. While healing, pain comes and goes. Going away more than it comes is a solid signal of healing and pain relief. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc reminds our Fort Wayne neck pain and back pain patients to not be discouraged along the way. We will get there together! CHIROPRACTIC IN MANAGING BACK AND NECK PAIN PATTERNS Research such as explained here about 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. A researcher explained how a patient who underwent 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 above and below a 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 systematic with treatment, coming/going pain intensity, patience, and appreciation for the relief gotten be it 50%, 70% or 90% as supported by the 50% Rule of Cox® Technic. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. John Murray on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents patient cases that were complicated and yet attained relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management over time. Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment soon. Together, we will aim for the calming wave of healing and celebrate the pain relief. « View All Featured Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."