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

The spines of our veterans need beneficial care. Veterans need access to chiropractic care - just like their fellow Fort Wayne chiropractic spine pain patients - and now have it. Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center is the Fort Wayne back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Fort Wayne veterans and Fort Wayne back pain patients. Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center offers relieving Fort Wayne chiropractic care to any Fort Wayne 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 leading issues for veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would think it is due to carrying heavy backpacks and weapons. (2) One study points out that back pain is reported more by military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Causes of back pain for non-military folks like Fort Wayne 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 down the right leg to the knee. Chiropractic care delivered him a 25% decrease in low back pain severity and a 22% decrease in perceived disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management involved 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification over an 8-week period. Even though he’d had this pain a long time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and disability would clearly be cheered by Fort Wayne back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 marked the year of the US law empowering the VA to deliver chiropractic care via private sector chiropractors. (5) From 2004 (the year the law was voted for that chiropractic was to be available the VA system) to 2015, annual chiropractic VA patients rose 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 provide little to no availability. (2) If a VA facility doesn’t have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are allowed to get a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center for care. Many do not know about this option or that they can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Fort Wayne 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 having issues with prescription opioid pain drugs. (6) The opioid epidemic is everywhere; chiropractic care may help curb its effects for military veterans as it does for general population Fort Wayne pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers strive to make sure 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 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) Recently, the US House approved expansion of chiropractic services in the VA. Availability is to increase 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) Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center is grateful for the confidence in chiropractic care this action shows.

CONTACT Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center

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

Schedule a Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center is ready to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts felt by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Fort Wayne 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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