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New Roads Chiropractic and Back Pain Relief Expectations via Surgical or Conservative Care

What expectations do you have of your New Roads chiropractic care of back pain? That is a key question. Research is reporting that it has a role in back pain treatment outcome whether that treatment is surgical or conservative. New Roads Chiropractic Center intends to listen to you and your expectations of our New Roads back pain treatment and present the outcomes of our treatment documented in practice and in research.


A recent research project examined patient and surgeon expectations of back surgery. Patients expected complete relief and improvement of their back pain after lumbar spine surgery. Surgeons expected improvement that varied from a little to a lot depending on the patient and his/her specific condition. Whose expectations were met? The surgeons’ expectations. A couple years after the back surgery, the patient-reported outcomes met the surgeon’s expectations. The researchers emphasized that effective communication about expectations may well advance better outcomes. (1) That’s why New Roads Chiropractic Center spends time with each New Roads back pain patient early on in care, making sure the source of pain and its treatment plan are well-explained. If not, tell us!


If a patient doesn’t get the relief he/she wanted from back surgery, what is an “acceptable symptom state” for that back pain patient? What can he/she live with? For patients with chronic non-specific low back pain (with or without active discopathy), 54% stated having an acceptable symptom state at 1 month of care. Specifically, patient-reported acceptable symptoms involved these: 47.5 for lumbar pain, 30.5 for radicular pain, 39.3 for disability, 10.0 for anxiety, and 6.7 for depression. (2) New Roads Chiropractic Center realizes no pain is the preferred state and is ready to discuss with our New Roads chiropractic patients their options and possible outcomes.


Deciding whether to have back surgery is a big decision. Evidence-based medicine views the patient as being the center of care. What is the patient perspective of this care? How is the patient perspective regarded in treatment planning and decision making among available options? A recent paper pointed out that the patient’s social, psychological, and other non-clinical characteristics must be taken into account in planning care. (3) One issue in the back-surgery decision that reportedly influences the decision and the outcome expectation is opioid use. Lower dose and shorter-time-taking opioid use patients expected more complete improvement compared with non-users. They also had higher expectations of positive outcome than higher-dose opioid patients. (4) For many patients, the prospect of work is goal of back pain treatment which is positive according to this new report on how back pain patient recovery expectations sway clinical outcomes. A review of 60 studies found that a patient’s recovery expectations are probably strongly associated with future work participation. (5) New Roads Chiropractic Center uses effective, nonsurgical care of back pain to meet patient expectations once the research on outcomes for other back pain sufferers is presented and understood. New Roads chiropractic care keeps the back pain patient at its center.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Anthony Galante on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he described how Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and chiropractic treatment assisted in the management of back pain for a patient who was adamant about not wanting back surgery.

Set your next New Roads chiropractic visit today. New Roads Chiropractic Center wants to know your answer to the question of your expectations for our treatment so that we can both be satisfied with the outcome!

New Roads Chiropractic Center strives to meet realistic patient expectations regarding conservative back pain relief. 
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