Control not cure. That’s a challenging notion to bear when you are hurting. On the other hand, for many back pain and neck pain patients, any relief is welcome. Moriarty Chiropractic treats many Nashua back pain and Nashua neck pain patients who suffer with chronic pain. Fortunately, spine pain patients who decide on chiropractic care with realistic goals often obtain relief.
CURE vs MANAGEMENT
When patients visit doctors, they usually prefer a “fix”. They desire to be “cured” from their illness be it a cold or a headache or an infection even their back pain or neck pain. Researchers wrote that medicine and healthcare primarily follow the “curative” model of care. For some conditions, management or control of the condition develops into the goal of care. Back and neck pain patients who realize that their condition is theirs for life and that there is a way to control that pain via on-going chiropractic care turn into appreciative patients. Moriarty Chiropractic sees them all the time. The healthcare “curative” model may not change any time soon, but the patients’ healthcare options do. Recently, researchers studied back pain patients seeking care from chiropractors. Of 1614 chronic back and neck pain patients, less than one third of them had a goal of a permanent end to their pain. These patients experienced pain for a shorter time and sought a medical cure. The rest of the patients looked for on-going care to avert the pain from returning, prevent it from getting worse, and have temporary relief of their pain. These patients had lower pain levels for longer periods of time. (1) Patients’ hopes have an effect on their pain relief.
HOPES OF BACK PAIN PATIENTS
It’s no secret that low back pain is an expensive healthcare challenge considering finances and quality of life. Back pain sufferers who hold a high expectation of improvement have a 58% higher chance of reporting improvement at the fourth chiropractic appointment. Your Nashua chiropractor knows the significance of our back pain patients’ hopes and expectations. These hopes predict short-term outcomes better than pain intensity, self-rated health status or psychological status. (2) Moriarty Chiropractic shares expectations that will enhance patients’ quality of life.
50% relief is a quality of life improvement! The 50% Rule with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management relays realistic expectations to spine pain sufferers at the start of care. Many Nashua back pain patients who come to Moriarty Chiropractic and have dealt with their pain for some time already are thrilled with the prospect of 10% or 20% or 50% or more. They just desire some semblance of their pre-pain life back even if it is walking to the mailbox or making a trip to the grocery store. Cox® Technic seeks 50% relief of pain within a month of care with patient cooperation on visits and at-home suggestions of exercise and/or nutrition. The 50% Rule also assures both the back pain sufferer and the physician that the “next thing” to do if relief is not achieved will be arranged. Our patients can rely on Moriarty Chiropractic to take care of them.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Scott Spengel on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about helping a patient with Cox® Technic for relief of her back pain with a reasonable cost on a reasonable timeframe to meet her expectations of pain reduction.
Schedule a Nashua chiropractic visit soon for some control of your back pain and improved quality of life whether it’s 10% or 25% or 50% or more. It is nice to have some control of the pain that’s controlled you for too long.