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Baton Rouge Chiropractic and Back Pain Relief Expectations via Surgical or Conservative Care

December 08, 2020

What do you expect from your chiropractic care of Baton Rouge back pain? That is a key question. Research reports that it has a role in back pain treatment outcome whether that treatment is surgical or conservative. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers intends to hear your expectations of our Baton Rouge back pain treatment and share the outcomes of our treatment documented in practice and in research.


A recent research project scrutinized patient and surgeon expectations of back surgery. Patients expected full relief and improvement of their back pain after lumbar spine surgery. Surgeons expected improvement that ranged from a little to a lot depending on the patient and his/her specific issues. Can you guess whose expectations were met? The surgeons’ expectations. Two years after the back surgery, the patient-reported outcomes met the surgeon’s expectations. The researchers stressed that effective communication about expectations may well further better outcomes. (1) That’s why Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers spends time with each Baton Rouge back pain patient at the beginning of care, making sure the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-described. If not, tell us!


If a patient doesn’t get the relief he/she wanted 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 involved these: 47.5 for lumbar pain, 30.5 for radicular pain, 39.3 for disability, 10.0 for anxiety, and 6.7 for depression. (2) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers knows no pain is the preferred state and is prepared to discuss with our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients their options and possible outcomes.


Deciding whether to have back surgery is a big decision. Evidence-based medicine sees that the patient at the center of care. What is the patient perspective of this care? How is the patient perspective taken into consideration in treatment planning and choosing from available options? A new paper pointed out that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical characteristics must be taken into account in planning care. (3) One factor 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 compared with non-users. They also had higher expectations of positive outcome than higher-dose opioid patients. (4) For many patients, the prospect of work is goal of back pain treatment which is affirming according to a new report on how back pain patient recovery expectations affect clinical outcomes. A review of 60 studies reported that a patient’s recovery expectations are probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers offers effective, nonsurgical treatment of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is presented and understood. Baton Rouge chiropractic care keeps the back pain patient at its center.

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Check out 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 absolutely positive about not wanting back surgery.

Make your next Baton Rouge chiropractic visit soon. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers invites you to think about and answer the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be satisfied with the outcome!

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers strives to meet realistic patient expectations regarding conservative back pain relief.