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Military Personnel Find Relief from More Chiropractic Care Available in the VA

The spines of our veterans need good care. Veterans need access to chiropractic care - just like their fellow Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic spine pain patients - and now have it. Spinal Care Clinic is the Burlington and Hamilton back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Burlington and Hamilton veterans and Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients. Spinal Care Clinic offers relieving Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic care to any Burlington and Hamilton back pain patients wanting back pain relief!

WHAT HAPPENS TO THEIR SPINES?

Data from the Veterans’ Administration (VA), “diseases of the musculoskeletal system/connective system” like back pain are the chief problems for veterans coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would assume it’s due to carrying weighty backpacks and weapons. (2) One study points out that back pain is found more in military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Reason for back pain for non-military folks like Burlington and Hamilton residents apply to military, too, like injury, posture, daily activity, weight, stress, genetic defects, etc.

RELIEF FOR A VETERAN

One military officer who had a 20-year history of mechanical back pain secondary to an injury suffered while on active military duty lived with intermittent radiation of numbness and tingling down the right leg to the knee. Chiropractic care delivered him a 25% decrease in low back pain severity and a 22% lessening in his disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management involved 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in 8 weeks. Even though he had had this pain a long time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such drops in pain and disability would surely be appreciated by Burlington and Hamilton back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 was the year of the US law permitting the VA to offer chiropractic care via private sector chiropractors. (5) From 2004 (the year the law was passed that chiropractic was to be available the VA system) to 2015, annual chiropractic VA patients grew by 821%, chiropractic visits by 694%, number of clinics by 9%, chiropractic employees by 21%. (5) Recently, 70 VA facilities have chiropractors on staff. (1) Nearly 100 VA facilities still have little to none. (2) If a VA facility doesn’t have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are allowed to obtain a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Spinal Care Clinic for care. Many do not know about this benefit or that they can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic continue to educate the public about how it can relieve musculoskeletal pain, back pain, sciatica, neck pain and arm radiculopathy, how it can help with pain management. Today, many veterans - like many others in the general population - are having issues with prescription opioid pain drugs. (6) The opioid epidemic is everywhere; chiropractic care may assist in reducing its effects for military veterans as it does for general population Burlington and Hamilton pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers try to ensure that military personnel have access to chiropractic care. One group developed an integrated care pathway for doctors of chiropractic, primary care providers, and mental health professionals who manage veterans with low back pain, with or without mental health comorbidity, within Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities. (7) Lately, the US House endorsed expansion of chiropractic services in the VA. Availability is to increase to at least 2 medical centers/clinics in each Veterans Integrated Service Network by December 31, 2019, and be at 50% of them by December 31, 2021. (1) Spinal Care Clinic is grateful for the confidence in chiropractic care this action shows.

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Listen to this PODCAST from The Back Doctors’ Podcast about a military veteran with multiple spinal issues whose local chiropractor helped him find relief.

Schedule a Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Spinal Care Clinic is ready to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts experienced by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic care helps relieve spine pain and back pain for many locals, and its availability for veterans and military personnel increases in the VA to help more.  
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