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Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Peoria back pain sufferers want when they seek Peoria back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Peoria back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage varies 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 gone through a couple back surgeries, numerous spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture invites all these Peoria back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature reports as realistic outcomes of Peoria back pain treatment and specifically Peoria chiropractic outcomes of care using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you want from your back pain treatment? 30% is said to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that adequate for you? Medical literature characterizes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the smallest change in status a patient feels is 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 defined as 30% reduction in disability. 55% stated such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who underwent spine surgery for lumbar spine degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was experienced by 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability increases. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Peoria chiropractic patients at Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture when the treatment plan is arranged.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture and fellow chiropractors who utilize 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 Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture see higher percentages of improvement for many Peoria back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients appears in just a couple visits to a couple weeks, Peoria chiropractic treatment carries on without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is often a timely relief for Peoria back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might involve walking the dog or going to the mailbox. Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture strives to help patients attain realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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