What do you expect from your
chiropractic care of Baton Rouge
back pain? That is a pivotal question. Research
is reporting that it has a role in back pain treatment outcome be the
treatment surgical or conservative. Spine & Sports Rehab Center intends
to hear your expectations of our Baton Rouge back
pain treatment and present what our treatment’s outcomes have been in practice and in
INFLUENTIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BACK SURGERY OUTCOMES
A recent research project studied
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 varied from a little to a lot depending
on the patient and his/her specific condition. Can you guess whose expectations were met? The surgeons’
expectations. Two years after the back surgery, the outcomes
reported by patients met the surgeon’s expectations.
The researchers emphasized that effective communication about expectations
may well foster better outcomes. (1) That is
why Spine & Sports Rehab Center spends time with each Baton Rouge
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 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 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) Spine & Sports Rehab Center realizes no pain is the preferred state and is ready to talk
with our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients their options and possible
DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS
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 indicated that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical
characteristics must be considered 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 a
lot of patients, the prospect of work is a light at the end of the
tunnel which is positive
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) Spine & Sports Rehab Center applies
effective, nonsurgical treatment of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain
sufferers is described and understood. Baton Rouge 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 absolutely
positive about not wanting back surgery.
Set your next Baton Rouge
chiropractic visit soon. Spine & Sports Rehab Center invites you to think
about and answer the question of your
expectations for our treatment so that we can both be happy
with the outcome!