Let’s be honest. You want 100% relief of your Southern New Hampshire back pain and have it never return. Heck, you didn’t want it to occur in the first place! Well, New Hampshire Spine and Sport desires that for you, too. But reality interferes. The research comes out. Realistic expectations are explained. Documented treatment outcomes guide you and New Hampshire Spine and Sport as we travel together toward healing and improved quality of life with back pain.
MEDICAL CLINICAL EXPECTATION
Medicine today reports 30% minimal clinical improvement as good enough to warrant the use of a treatment approach. (1) The “minimal clinically important difference” is an indicator of the helpfulness of treatment. In a large review of published reports, the relative percent was found to be 32%. (2) “Good” outcome of medical primary care for sciatica and leg pain was only 30% reduction in disability. 55% of patients were improved at one year. (1) Another set of researchers stated that a 20 point move on a 100 point scale is a good outcome. A modification of 19% on an Oswestry pain scale and 2 points on a 10 points visual analogue scale is considered successful reduction in pain for a patient with continued postoperative spine pain. (3) New Hampshire Spine and Sport knows Southern New Hampshire back pain patients want more relief than that. Establishing realistic expectations from the start of treatment boosts the chances of a satisfactory outcome for our Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients.
CHIROPRACTIC ROLE IN BACK PAIN RELIEF
Chiropractic is often grouped with alternative medicine. Chiropractic strives to address the source of spine-related pain with spine treatment, exercise, nutrition, etc., whereas allopathic medicine focuses on the removal of the offending cause of pain by drug or invasive means. (4) One study comparing the two approaches demonstrated that at 2 months of care, older adults with lumbar spine stenosis treated with manual therapy and exercise fared better than medical care and group exercise. (5) Another study of older adults with back pain stated 50% improvement in back pain and 43% in disability after 2 years of care. The honest truth: fewer than 20% of these patients had complete resolution of pain and disability, but they were better. (6) New Hampshire Spine and Sport assists many Southern New Hampshire back pain and stenosis patients honestly set realistic expectations for clinical improvement of their back pain conditions utilizing the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
CLINICAL OUTCOMES WITH COX® TECHNIC
Cox® Technic has always sought at least 50% relief within 30 days before doing another treatment protocol or ordering more advanced imaging tests or referral for surgical consultation (always making sure that there is no sign of progressive neurological deficit or caudal equina syndrome/change in bowel or urinary function which would call for a more immediate action). (7) For years, 50% did not seem like enough. Today, it’s amazing relief compared with the new medical and surgical expectation of 20% to 30% relief. One more recent study documents even more relief with Cox® Technic: Spinal stenosis patients improved in pain by 76% and disability by 73%. (8) How might such improvement come? Horizontal traction was shown much more effective in enlarging disc height of lower lumbar discs. (9) Cox® Technic distraction manipulation was found to enlarge the area by 28%. (10) New Hampshire Spine and Sport has cared for many Southern New Hampshire back pain patients whose 20% relief of pain excited them as it permitted them to walk in the park or go to the grocery store or play with the grandkids.
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Wanda Lopez on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson whose patient was elated that she could take a walk in Central Park without pain.
CONTACT New Hampshire Spine and Sport
Schedule your next chiropractic appointment at New Hampshire Spine and Sport today. We’ll be honest. We’ll discuss treatment outcome expectations with you. New Hampshire Spine and Sport is on your side and committed to helping you get the Southern New Hampshire back pain relief you want.