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Tarrytown Chiropractic Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Tarrytown back pain sufferers desire when they seek Tarrytown back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Tarrytown 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 undergone a few back surgeries, some spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Tarrytown Chiropractic welcomes all these Tarrytown back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Tarrytown back pain treatment and specifically Tarrytown 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 said to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that enough for you? Medical literature characterizes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the slightest 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 as a result of 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 met for 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability increases. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are shared with Tarrytown chiropractic patients at Tarrytown Chiropractic when the treatment plan is established.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Tarrytown Chiropractic and fellow chiropractors who offer it aim for 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not see this as too lofty a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Tarrytown Chiropractic observe higher percentages of improvement for many Tarrytown back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients results in just a couple visits to a couple weeks, Tarrytown chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is often a long-awaited relief for Tarrytown back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might involve taking the dog for a walk or going to the mailbox. Tarrytown Chiropractic tries to help patients attain realistic and sustainable outcomes of care.

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