Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Groton back pain sufferers desire when they seek Groton back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Groton 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 many times expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has undergone a couple back surgeries, numerous spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office welcomes all these Groton back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Groton back pain treatment and specifically Groton chiropractic outcomes of care following the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you expect from your back pain treatment? 30% is held to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that adequate for you? Medical literature defines the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the smallest change in outcome a patient sees as meaningful to him or her. That difference is defined 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 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 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 goes up. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Groton chiropractic patients at Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office when the treatment plan is arranged.


In going by the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office and fellow chiropractors who use it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not feel that is too high a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office find higher percentages of improvement for many Groton back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients comes in just a few visits to a couple weeks, Groton chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is frequently a long-awaited relief for Groton back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might involve walking the dog or walking to the mailbox. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office tries to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Groton chiropractic visit today. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office anticipates meeting patient expectations of Groton back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) as well as establishing realistic expectations of back pain relief for each patient’s spine. 

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