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Watertown Wellness Center Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Watertown back pain sufferers want when they seek Watertown back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Watertown back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage differs with the back pain patient’s experience and past care. First time back pain sufferers many times expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has had a couple back surgeries, several spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Watertown Wellness Center invites all these Watertown back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Watertown back pain treatment and specifically Watertown 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 describes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the smallest change in outcome a patient sees as meaningful to him or her. That difference is defined 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 described 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 rises. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are shared with Watertown chiropractic patients at Watertown Wellness Center when the treatment plan is arranged.


In going by the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Watertown Wellness Center and fellow chiropractors who use it aim for 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t see this as too lofty a target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Watertown Wellness Center see higher percentages of improvement for many Watertown back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients results in just a few visits to a week or two, Watertown chiropractic treatment carries on without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is often a timely relief for Watertown back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is satisfactory. This might include walking the dog or walking to the mailbox. Watertown Wellness Center tries to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Watertown chiropractic appointment today. Watertown Wellness Center anticipates meeting patient expectations of Watertown back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) as well as establishing reasonable expectations of back pain relief for each patient’s spine. 

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