Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Shares Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain in VHA and Beyond02/11/2022Chiropractic care in the Veterans’ Administration healthcare system is legally called for inclusion and growing. How chiropractic benefits the VA system and its patrons, the veterans, could demonstrate how chiropractic’s inclusion in more healthcare systems may benefit the wider population. Recent papers feature chiropractic’s benefits. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc shares these with our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients who already experience many of these benefits! CHRONIC PAIN HELP IN VHA Non-pharmacological treatment modalities (NPM) are promoted in consensus guideline recommendations for care of chronic pain. US healthcare systems confront barriers to such incorporation of such NPM except in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) which is a more integrated healthcare system with policies promoting such NPM. In surveys, the military veteran-patients who look for care in the VHA system are disproportionately affected by chronic pain. Chronic pain-afflicted veterans who went to the VHA for care in the past year were more likely to get NPM. Types of NPM offered range from physical therapy, massage, chiropractic/spinal manipulation, psychotherapy, educational classes, peer groups, and yoga/tai chi. The main 3 used by chronic pain veterans were chiropractic care, educational class, or psychotherapy. The VHA policies can assist other integrated US healthcare systems add the recommended non-pharmacological treatment modalities to benefit their patients. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is excited to see the addition of chiropractic treatment in the VHA to care for the many musculoskeletal and chronic pain patients it serves. HIGHER USE OF CHIROPRACTIC NPM IN VHA BUT USE IS STILL LOW Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc hopes to witness use of chiropractic services grow. From 2005 to 2016 there was a rise in chiropractic care use – part of the VA’s efforts to expand non-pharmacological treatment options open to veterans - in the VA either at on-site VA facilities (1.27% to 1.48%) or from VA-purchased community care providers (0.29% to 1.76%). These numbers did increase but are low compared to utilization by other US healthcare chiropractic-using populations. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is honored to treat a bit larger percentage of Fort Wayne healthcare seeking patients. CHIROPRACTIC’S EFFECT ON QUALITY OF LIFE There is a reason patients look for and continue to receive chiropractic care: they feel a difference. A new study focused on how chiropractic care enhanced usual medical care affected health-related quality of life scores. United States service members at the VHA who underwent combined chiropractic care with usual medical care scored their outcomes in a variety of questionnaires: PROMIS-29, Roland Morris, and Global Improvement visual analog scale, the same or similar tests used daily in chiropractic practices everywhere. Researchers documented a statistically significant mean group difference in favor of the usual medical care plus chiropractic care group versus usual medical care alone. (3) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc witnesses this, too, and collaborates with medical colleagues to help our patients. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Katrina Weiland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she discusses treatment of a US Air Force Veteran who has a herniated disc and severe low back pain via the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management. Set up your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now. Including chiropractic care benefits chronic pain patients whether they have low back, neck, leg, arm or other spine-related pain condition. Chiropractic’s inclusion in Fort Wayne healthcare grows. « View All Featured Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."