“I don’t want this pain to get any worse.”
“I want some pain relief.”
“I want pain relief.”
“I want this back pain to go away and never return.”
Back pain and neck pain patients tend to have assorted goals for their pain. The goal of healthcare policy is mostly curative. Many chronic pain patients know otherwise. Moriarty Chiropractic knows otherwise. We all want relief and some hint of control over how and when back pain and neck pain arise and go away. Chiropractic care is for these patients. Moriarty Chiropractic’s chiropractic care looks at a problem like back and neck pain and acknowledges that often there is no “cure,” but there is “control.” Back pain and neck pain patients who have gone through a few episodes with either condition realize this, too. They associate their healthcare goals with their experience: there isn’t always a cure, but there is often control to avert pain episodes and relieving care to get through the pain bouts as fast as possible. Moriarty Chiropractic is the Nashua chiropractic place for back and neck pain patients. Moriarty Chiropractic is home of the Nashua back pain specialist.
PATIENT EXPECTATIONS: HOW THEY INFLUENCE AND HOW THEY’RE MET
Chiropractic back pain specialists know their back pain and neck pain sufferers well. A newly released study of 1614 patients experiencing chronic low back pain (885) and chronic neck pain (729) reported their goals for chiropractic care of their conditions. About a third of them wished for the pain to end forever and were more likely to have had pain for a briefer period of time and have a deeper belief in medical cure; they sought a cure. 22% of low back pain and 16% of neck pain patients wished to prevent their pain from coming back and were more likely to have lower pain levels. 14% of low back and 12% of neck pain patients wanted to keep their pain from getting worse. 31% of back pain and 41% of neck pain patients sought temporary relief of their pain. These last two sets of patients tended to have experienced pain for a longer period of time. Which group do you fall into? Like most humans, there is a difference from person to person contingent on their experience that chiropractors and other healthcare providers need to recognize. (1) Such patient expectations are written to predict short-term outcomes of chiropractic care for low back pain. Another study documented that patients with a high expectation of improvement were 58% more likely to report an improvement at the fourth appointment. (2) Surely, having an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers working together can raise low back pain patients’ odds of relief. (3) Today, the patient is the focus for healthcare providers. Patient-centered care relies on patient-reported outcomes to tell the story. The patient’s perspective needs to always be considered. And as for non-pharmacological treatment of low back pain, active patient involvement is key. (4) At Moriarty Chiropractic the Nashua back pain patient is at the center of everything we do.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Ed Hutter on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson in which he shares his history of being a back pain patient desiring pain relief and how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped him.
Schedule your Nashua chiropractic visit with your Nashua back pain specialist today. Bring your expectations of care. We will make a treatment plan together to meet them.