What expectations do you have of your
Eugene chiropractic care of back pain? That question is huge. Research
is reporting that that questions of expectations has a role in back pain treatment outcome whether that treatment is surgical or conservative. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic aims
to hear your expectations of our Eugene back
pain treatment and share what our treatment’s outcomes have been in practice and in
INFLUENTIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BACK SURGERY OUTCOMES
A new research project examined
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 ranged 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. A couple years after the back surgery, the patient-reported outcomes met the surgeon’s expectations.
The researchers stressed that effective communication about expectations
may well advance better outcomes. (1) That is
why Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic devotes time to each Eugene
back pain patient early on in care, ensuring
that the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-described.
If not, ask us!
AN ACCEPTABLE SYMPTOM STATE
patient expectations aren’t met with 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% stated 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) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic realizes no pain is the preferred state and is ready to talk
with our Eugene chiropractic patients their options and possible
DECIDING ON TREATMENT OPTIONS
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 decision making
among available options? A new paper indicated that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical
characteristics must be taken into account in planning care. (3)
One issue in the back-surgery decision that reportedly impacts
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 goal of back pain treatment which is encouraging
according to this new report on how back pain patient recovery
expectations sway clinical outcomes. A review of
60 studies found that a patient’s recovery expectations are
probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic offers
effective, nonsurgical care of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain
sufferers is presented and absorbed. Eugene 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 assisted
in the management of back pain for a patient who was adamant about not wanting back surgery.
Set your next Eugene
chiropractic visit soon. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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!