Disc Centers Of America Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Buffalo, NY back pain sufferers desire when they seek Buffalo, NY back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Buffalo, NY 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 often expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has undergone a couple back surgeries, several spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. Disc Centers Of America welcomes all these Buffalo, NY back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Buffalo, NY back pain treatment and specifically Buffalo, NY chiropractic outcomes of care following the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you want from your back pain treatment? 30% is held to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that enough 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 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 explained to be 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 met for 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction decreases as disability goes up. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients at Disc Centers Of America when the treatment plan is set up.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Disc Centers Of America and fellow chiropractors who use it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t feel that is too high a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Disc Centers Of America observe higher percentages of improvement for many Buffalo, NY back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients results in just a few visits to a week or two, Buffalo, NY chiropractic treatment carries on without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits are seen or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is often a welcome relief for Buffalo, NY back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might incorporate walking the dog or going to the mailbox. Disc Centers Of America tries to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment today. Disc Centers Of America anticipates meeting patient expectations of Buffalo, NY back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) while also setting realistic expectations of back pain relief for each patient’s spine. 

The pain relief expectations of Buffalo, NY back pain patients influence their satisfaction with chiropractic care. What’s realistic? 
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