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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 Mandeville chiropractic spine pain patients - and now have it. Mandeville Chiropractic is the Mandeville back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Mandeville veterans and Mandeville back pain patients. Mandeville Chiropractic offers relieving Mandeville chiropractic care to any Mandeville 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 primary issues for veterans coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would think it’s because of carrying weighty backpacks and weapons. (2) One study points out that back pain is reported more by military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Reason for back pain for non-military folks like Mandeville residents apply to military, too, like injury, posture, daily activity, weight, stress, genetic defects, etc.

RELIEF FOR A VETERAN

One military officer with 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 delivered him a 25% reduction in low back pain severity and a 22% reduction in his disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management included 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification over an 8-week period. Even though he had had this pain for some time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such decreases in pain and disability would clearly be appreciated by Mandeville 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 provide 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 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 obtain a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Mandeville Chiropractic for care. Many do not know about this perk or that they can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Mandeville 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 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 Mandeville 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) Lately, the US House sanctioned expansion of chiropractic services in the VA. Availability is to grow 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) Mandeville Chiropractic appreciates 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 experience relief.

Schedule a Mandeville chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Mandeville Chiropractic is ready to help ease the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts experienced by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Mandeville 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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