Saturday, March 23, 2013

Patient Attitude Predicts Outcome of Neck Surgery for Pain

A recent study reviewed by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) at their 79th Annual Meeting: "The Effects of Preoperative SF-36 Mental Component Summary Scores and Patient Pain Expectations on Clinical Outcomes Following Anterior Cervical Discectomy and fusion" discovered that patients who predicted that they would be experiencing little to no neck and arm pain following cervical fusion surgery generally realized lesser neck and arm pain as compared to subjects expecting to still experience neck and arm pain following surgery.  These findings are interesting because they suggest that a positive mental outlook on pain can lead to lesser degrees of realized pain. 

If you or anyone you know may need the help of a local Baltimore Chiropractor for neck pain with or without associated arm pain, please contact Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic at (443) 842-5500 or email us. We would be happy to help!  


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