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Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Toronto back pain sufferers want when they seek Toronto back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Toronto back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage varies with the back pain patient’s experience and past care. First time back pain sufferers many times expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has had a few back surgeries, several spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be delighted with 50% or even 30%. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre welcomes all these Toronto back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Toronto back pain treatment and specifically Toronto chiropractic outcomes of care using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you want from your back pain treatment? 30% is held to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that enough for you? Medical literature defines the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the least change in outcome a patient feels is meaningful to him or her. That difference is defined as 30% improvement in self-reported pain or function by 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 had spine surgery for lumbar spine degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was experienced by 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction decreases as disability goes up. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Toronto chiropractic patients at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre when the treatment plan is set up.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre and fellow chiropractors who offer it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors do not see this as too lofty a goal! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre find higher percentages of improvement for many Toronto back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients results in just a few visits to a couple weeks, Toronto chiropractic treatment continues without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits occur or cauda equina exists). 50% relief is frequently a longed for relief for Toronto back pain patients looking for a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might include taking the dog for a walk or going to the mailbox. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre tries to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Toronto chiropractic visit today. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre works to meet patient expectations of Toronto back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) as well as establishing realistic expectations of back pain relief for each patient’s spine. 

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