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Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Ashburn back pain sufferers desire when they seek Ashburn back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Ashburn 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 often expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has gone through a few back surgeries, several spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn invites all these Ashburn back pain patients and communicates what the spinal research literature reports as realistic outcomes of Ashburn back pain treatment and specifically Ashburn chiropractic outcomes of care using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you expect from your back pain treatment? 30% is held to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that adequate for you? Medical literature characterizes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the smallest change in status a patient sees as meaningful to him or her. That difference is described 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 explained to be 30% reduction in disability. 55% stated 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 met for 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability goes up. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are shared with Ashburn chiropractic patients at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn when the treatment plan is established.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn and fellow chiropractors who offer it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not see this as too high a target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn witness higher percentages of improvement for many Ashburn back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients results in just a few visits to a couple weeks, Ashburn chiropractic treatment carries on without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits occur or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is frequently a long-awaited relief for Ashburn back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might involve taking the dog for a walk or going to the mailbox. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn tries to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Ashburn chiropractic visit today. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn anticipates meeting patient expectations of Ashburn back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) while also forming realistic expectations of back pain relief for each patient’s spine. 

The pain relief expectations of Ashburn back pain patients influence their satisfaction with chiropractic care. What’s realistic? 
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