The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Ottawa back pain sufferers want when they seek Ottawa back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Ottawa 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 gone through a few back surgeries, numerous spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider welcomes all these Ottawa back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature reports as realistic outcomes of Ottawa back pain treatment and specifically Ottawa 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 said to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that enough for you? Medical literature describes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the least change in status a patient sees as 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 described as 30% reduction in disability. 55% reported 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 decreases as disability rises. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Ottawa chiropractic patients at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider when the treatment plan is set up.


In going by the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider and fellow chiropractors who utilize it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t see this as too lofty a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider observe higher percentages of improvement for many Ottawa back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients appears in just a couple visits to a week or two, Ottawa chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits occur or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is often a welcome relief for Ottawa back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might incorporate walking the dog or walking to the mailbox. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider strives to help patients attain realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Ottawa chiropractic appointment today. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider works to meet patient expectations of Ottawa back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) while also setting reasonable expectations of back pain relief for each individual spine. 

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