Executive Chiropractic of Iowa Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do West Des Moines back pain sufferers want when they seek West Des Moines back pain care? Back pain relief. How much West Des Moines 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 had a few back surgeries, several spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa invites all these West Des Moines back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of West Des Moines back pain treatment and specifically West Des Moines chiropractic outcomes of care using 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 adequate for you? Medical literature describes 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 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 underwent spine surgery for low back degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was experienced by 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability rises. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to West Des Moines chiropractic patients at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa when the treatment plan is arranged.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa and fellow chiropractors who offer it aim for 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not feel that is too lofty a target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa find higher percentages of improvement for many West Des Moines back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients comes in just a few visits to a week or two, West Des Moines chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is often a longed for relief for West Des Moines back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might include walking the dog or walking to the mailbox. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa strives to help patients attain realistic and sustainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next West Des Moines chiropractic visit today. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa works to meet patient expectations of West Des Moines back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) as well as forming realistic expectations of back pain relief for each patient’s spine. 

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