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

The spines of our veterans need suitable care. Veterans need access to chiropractic care - just like their fellow St. Francisville chiropractic spine pain patients - and now have it. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is the St. Francisville back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for St. Francisville veterans and St. Francisville back pain patients. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville offers relieving St. Francisville chiropractic care to any St. Francisville back pain patients seeking 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 primary problems for veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would think it is because of carrying weighty backpacks and weapons. (2) One study points out that back pain is found more in military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Causes of back pain for non-military folks like St. Francisville residents apply to military, too, like injury, posture, daily activity, weight, stress, genetic defects, etc.

RELIEF FOR A VETERAN

One military officer with a 20-year history of mechanical back pain secondary to an injury incurred during active military duty lived with intermittent radiation of numbness and tingling involving the right lower extremity distal to the knee. Chiropractic care delivered him a 25% reduction in low back pain severity and a 22% reduction in perceived disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management incorporated 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in eight weeks. Even though he had had this pain for some time, he realized relief. (4) After 20 years, such drops in pain and disability would surely be appreciated by St. Francisville back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 was the year of the US law empowering the VA to provide chiropractic care via private sector chiropractors. (5) From 2004 (the year the law was voted for that chiropractic was to be accessible in 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) Currently, 70 VA facilities have chiropractors on staff. (1) Nearly 100 VA facilities still offer little to no availability. (2) If a VA facility does not have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are able to obtain a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville for care. Many don’t know about this option or that they can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your St. Francisville chiropractic continue to educate the public about how it can reduce 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 struggling 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 St. Francisville pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers attempt to make sure 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 direct the care of 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 rise to at least two medical centers/clinics in each Veterans Integrated Service Network by December 31, 2019, and be at 50% of them by December 31, 2021. (1) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville values 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 St. Francisville chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is well prepared to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts felt by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

St. Francisville 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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