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 Baton Rouge chiropractic spine pain patients - and now can get it. Spine & Sports Rehab Center is the Baton Rouge back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Baton Rouge veterans and Baton Rouge back pain patients. Spine & Sports Rehab Center offers relieving Baton Rouge chiropractic care to any Baton Rouge back pain patients seeking 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 chief issues for veterans coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would assume it’s because of carrying weighty backpacks and weapons. (2) One study points out that back pain is found more in military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Causes of back pain for non-military folks like Baton Rouge 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 suffered while on active military duty experienced intermittent radiation of numbness and tingling involving the right lower extremity distal to the knee. Chiropractic care afforded him a 25% decrease in low back pain severity and a 22% decrease in his disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management incorporated 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in eight weeks. Despite the fact that he’d had this pain for some time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and disability would clearly be welcomed by Baton Rouge 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 offer chiropractic care via private sector chiropractors. (5) From 2004 (the year the law was voted for that chiropractic was to be accessible in 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 offer little to no availability. (2) If a VA facility doesn’t have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are able to obtain a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Spine & Sports Rehab Center for care. Many do not know about this perk or that they can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Baton Rouge chiropractic continue to educate the public about how it can help 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 Baton Rouge 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 developed 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 expand 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) Spine & Sports Rehab Center welcomes the confidence in chiropractic care this action shows.

CONTACT Spine & Sports Rehab Center

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 Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Spine & Sports Rehab 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.

Baton Rouge  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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