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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 Millville chiropractic spine pain patients - and now can get it. Wilson Family Chiropractic is the Millville back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Millville veterans and Millville back pain patients. Wilson Family Chiropractic offers relieving Millville chiropractic care to any Millville back pain patients wanting back pain relief!

WHAT HAPPENS TO THEIR SPINES?

According to Veterans’ Administration (VA) data, “diseases of the musculoskeletal system/connective system” like back pain are the primary issues for veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it attribute? Most of us would think it is due to carrying weighty 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 Millville 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 sustained during active military duty lived with intermittent radiation of numbness and tingling down the right leg to the knee. Chiropractic care afforded him a 25% decrease in low back pain severity and a 22% lessening in his disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management included 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification over an eight-week period. Even though he had had this pain a long time, he realized relief. (4) After 20 years, such decreases in pain and disability would surely be cheered by Millville back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 marked the year of the US law permitting the VA to provide 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 rose 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 does not have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are allowed to get a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Wilson Family Chiropractic for care. Many don’t know about this option or that they can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Millville chiropractic persist in educating 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 help curb its effects for military veterans as it does for general population Millville pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers try 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 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 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) Wilson Family Chiropractic 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 Millville chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Wilson Family Chiropractic 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.

Millville 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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