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Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do La Grande back pain sufferers desire when they seek La Grande back pain care? Back pain relief. How much La Grande back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage differs 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, some spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC invites all these La Grande back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of La Grande back pain treatment and specifically La Grande 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 characterizes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the smallest change in outcome 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 defined 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 met for 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability rises. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to La Grande chiropractic patients at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC when the treatment plan is set up.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC and fellow chiropractors who offer it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t see this as too high a target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC witness higher percentages of improvement for many La Grande back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients appears in just a couple visits to a week or two, La Grande chiropractic treatment carries on without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (unless progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is frequently a welcome relief for La Grande back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might include walking the dog or going to the mailbox. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC tries to help patients achieve realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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