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San Jose Chiropractic and Back Pain Relief Expectations via Surgical or Conservative Care

What do you expect from your San Jose chiropractic care of back pain? That is a key question. Research reports that it has a role in back pain treatment outcome be the treatment surgical or conservative. Chiropractic Solutions intends to listen to you and your expectations of our San Jose back pain treatment and present the outcomes of our treatment documented in practice and in research.

INFLUENTIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BACK SURGERY OUTCOMES

A new research project scrutinized patient and surgeon expectations of back surgery. Patients expected complete relief and improvement of their back pain after lumbar spine surgery. Surgeons expected improvement that ranged from a little to a lot dependant on the patient and his/her specific condition. Whose expectations were met? The surgeons’ expectations. A couple years after the back surgery, the patient-reported outcomes met the surgeon’s expectations. The researchers emphasized that effective communication about expectations may well foster better outcomes. (1) That’s why Chiropractic Solutions spends time with each San Jose back pain patient early on in care, making sure the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-described. If not, tell us!

AN ACCEPTABLE SYMPTOM STATE

If a patient doesn’t get the relief he/she desired from back surgery, what is an “acceptable symptom state” for that back pain patient? What can he/she live with? For patients with chronic non-specific low back pain (with or without active discopathy), 54% reported having an acceptable symptom state at 1 month of care. Specifically, patient-reported acceptable symptoms included: 47.5 for lumbar pain, 30.5 for radicular pain, 39.3 for disability, 10.0 for anxiety, and 6.7 for depression. (2) Chiropractic Solutions knows no pain is the preferred state and is prepared to discuss with our San Jose chiropractic patients their options and potential outcomes.

DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS

Deciding whether to have back surgery is a big decision. Evidence-based medicine views the patient as being the center of care. What is the patient perspective of this care? How is the patient perspective regarded in treatment planning and choosing from available options? A recent paper pointed out that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical characteristics must be considered in planning care. (3) One issue in the back-surgery decision that reportedly influences the decision and the outcome expectation is opioid use. Lower dose and shorter-time-taking opioid use patients expected more complete improvement opposed to non-users. They also had higher expectations of positive outcome than higher-dose opioid patients. (4) For a lot of patients, the prospect of work is a light at the end of the tunnel which is encouraging according to this new report on how back pain patient recovery expectations sway clinical outcomes. A review of 60 studies reported that a patient’s recovery expectations are probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Chiropractic Solutions employs effective, nonsurgical treatment of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is presented and absorbed. San Jose chiropractic care keeps the back pain patient at its center.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Anthony Galante on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explained how Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and chiropractic treatment helped manage back pain for a patient who was adamant about not wanting back surgery.

Schedule your next San Jose chiropractic visit soon. Chiropractic Solutions invites you to ponder and answer the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be satisfied with the outcome!

 
Chiropractic Solutions strives to meet realistic patient expectations when it comes to conservative back pain relief. 
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