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The La Grande Back and Neck Pain Relief Wave

For many, ocean waves are calming. For La Grande neck pain and back pain patients, feeling the wave of healing pain relief can be the same if they understand it. For those who do not get that pain ebbs and flows while healing, the wave of healing can be saddening. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC helps our patients understand the wave of healing, are aware of the research behind our relieving treatment plan, and celebrate the pain relief they experience.


Since back and neck pain experiences are filled with fluctuating symptoms as they heal, researchers tried to come up with a method to classify neck pain patients and their pain patterns by tracking 1208 neck pain patients. They came up with 16 subgroups! Wow. The largest subgroup was “mild persistent fluctuating” with 25% of the patients in it rating their pain as a 3.4 out of 10 (0 no pain). The “moderate episodic” group had 24% reporting pain at a 2.7. “Persistent fluctuating” pain patients were those bothered more by pain than the others. (1) Instead of just labeling and rating pain, researchers had patients describe their pain using a visual picture scale about their pain intensity and symptomatology over a year. The patient responses were quite similar in explaining the pain intensity but not as much for the symptoms and their characteristics. (2) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC observes that everybody senses pain in somewhat different ways and that they find certain types of pain more annoying than others do. All of our La Grande chiropractic patients are unique!


For 12 months, another study followed 1124 neck pain patients seeing a chiropractor. Neck pain patients having “persistent pain” – 75% to 63% over the year - and very minor pain remained relatively stable. Those who had “episodic pain” – 21% to 24% over the year – had greater changes in their pain patterns. (3) This is the reason we tell our back and neck pain patients that recovery is more wavelike than a straight line. While healing, pain comes and goes. Going away more than it comes is a positive sign of healing and pain relief. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC repeatedly tells our La Grande neck pain and back pain patients to not be discouraged along the way. We’ll get there together!


Research such as described here regarding the patterns of neck pain and back pain sufferers reflects the on-going need for them to have partners like their chiropractors as well as general practitioners to handle it, understand it, and care for it. One researcher described how a patient who had spinal surgery 30 years ago now had neck pain and cervical arm pain due to adjacent segment disease a condition often seen in spinal discs above and below a spinal level that underwent back surgery - was treated with cervical manipulation, flexion distraction decompression (Cox®), soft-tissue mobilization, and therapeutic ultrasound for pain relief. (4) Again, pain relief is seldom sudden, but rather systematic with treatment, coming/going pain intensity, patience, and appreciation for the relief attained be it 50%, 70% or 90% as explained by the 50% Rule of Cox® Technic.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. John Murray on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares patient cases that were complicated and yet found relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management over time.

Make your La Grande chiropractic appointment now. Together, we will work toward the calming wave of healing and celebrate the pain relief.

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC rides the wave of healing pain relief with our neck pain and back pain patients.  

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