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OrthoIllinois Chiropractic Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do McHenry back pain sufferers desire when they seek McHenry back pain care? Back pain relief. How much McHenry 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 often expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has had a couple back surgeries, some spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic welcomes all these McHenry back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of McHenry back pain treatment and specifically McHenry chiropractic outcomes of care using 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 smallest 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 had spine surgery for low back degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was experienced by 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability goes up. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are shared with McHenry chiropractic patients at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic when the treatment plan is set up.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic and fellow chiropractors who offer it aim for 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t feel that is too lofty a target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic see higher percentages of improvement for many McHenry back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients results in just a couple visits to a week or two, McHenry chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is frequently a long-awaited relief for McHenry back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is satisfactory. This might incorporate taking the dog for a walk or going to the mailbox. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic tries to help patients achieve realistic and sustainable outcomes of care.

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