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 Sandy Springs chiropractic spine pain patients - and now can get it. Cross Chiropractic Center is the Sandy Springs back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Sandy Springs veterans and Sandy Springs back pain patients. Cross Chiropractic Center offers relieving Sandy Springs chiropractic care to any Sandy Springs 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 chief problems for veterans coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it attribute? Most of us would assume it’s because of carrying heavy backpacks and weapons. (2) One study reports that back pain is found more in military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Reason for back pain for non-military folks like Sandy Springs 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 while on active military duty experienced 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% decrease in perceived disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management included 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in 8 weeks. Despite the fact that he’d had this pain a long time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and disability would surely be appreciated by Sandy Springs 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 offer 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 no availability. (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 Cross Chiropractic Center for care. Many don’t know about this perk or that they can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Sandy Springs chiropractic continue to educate 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 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 Sandy Springs pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers attempt 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 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 sanctioned expansion of chiropractic services in the VA. Availability is to rise to at least 2 medical centers/clinics in each Veterans Integrated Service Network by December 31, 2019, and be at 50% of them by December 31, 2021. (1) Cross Chiropractic Center is grateful for the confidence in chiropractic care this action demonstrates.

CONTACT Cross Chiropractic 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 Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Cross Chiropractic Center is ready to help ease the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts faced by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Sandy Springs 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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