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 Severna Park chiropractic spine pain patients - and now have it. Back And Neck Care Center is the Severna Park back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Severna Park veterans and Severna Park back pain patients. Back And Neck Care Center offers relieving Severna Park chiropractic care to any Severna Park 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 leading issues 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 reports that back pain is reported more by military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Causes of back pain for non-military folks like Severna Park 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 incurred while on active military duty felt intermittent radiation of numbness and tingling involving the right lower extremity distal to the knee. Chiropractic care provided him a 25% reduction in low back pain severity and a 22% lessening in perceived disability. The course of conservative, chiropractic management incorporated 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in eight weeks. Despite the fact that he had had this pain for some time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such drops in pain and disability would surely be cheered by Severna Park back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 marked the year of the US law authorizing the VA to deliver chiropractic care via private sector chiropractors. (5) From 2004 (the year the law was passed that chiropractic was to be accessible in the VA system) to 2015, annual chiropractic VA patients increased 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 provide little to none. (2) If a VA facility doesn’t have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are able to get a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Back And Neck Care Center for care. Many do not know about this perk or that they can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Severna Park chiropractic persist in trying to get the word out to 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 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 Severna Park pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers strive to ensure that military personnel have access to chiropractic care. One group created 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) Recently, the US House approved expansion of chiropractic services in the VA. Availability is to grow 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) Back And Neck Care Center is grateful for the confidence in chiropractic care this action demonstrates.

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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 Severna Park chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Back And Neck Care Center is well prepared to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts experienced by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Severna Park 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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