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Moriarty Chiropractic Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

July 10, 2018

What do Nashua back pain sufferers want when they seek Nashua back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Nashua back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage differs with the back pain patient’s experience and past care. First time back pain sufferers often expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has experienced a couple back surgeries, some spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. Moriarty Chiropractic invites all these Nashua back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Nashua back pain treatment and specifically Nashua 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 reported to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that adequate for you? Medical literature describes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the slightest 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 defined as 30% reduction in disability. 55% stated such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who had 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 increases. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Nashua chiropractic patients at Moriarty Chiropractic when the treatment plan is set up.


In adhering to the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Moriarty Chiropractic and fellow chiropractors who utilize it aim for 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not feel that is too lofty a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Moriarty Chiropractic find higher percentages of improvement for many Nashua back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients comes in just a couple visits to a couple weeks, Nashua 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 timely relief for Nashua back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is satisfactory. This might incorporate walking the dog or going to the mailbox. Moriarty Chiropractic strives to help patients attain realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Nashua chiropractic visit today. Moriarty Chiropractic works to meet patient expectations of Nashua back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) while also establishing reasonable expectations of back pain relief for each individual spine. 

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