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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 Watertown chiropractic spine pain patients - and now have it. Watertown Wellness Center is the Watertown back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Watertown veterans and Watertown back pain patients. Watertown Wellness Center offers relieving Watertown chiropractic care to any Watertown 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 top problems for veterans coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would think it is due to carrying weighty backpacks and weapons. (2) One study reports that back pain is found more in military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Causes of back pain for non-military folks like Watertown 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 sustained while on active military duty felt intermittent radiation of numbness and tingling down the right leg to the knee. Chiropractic care provided him a 25% reduction in low back pain severity and a 22% lessening in perceived disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management incorporated 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 realized relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and disability would clearly be cheered by Watertown 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 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) Recently, 70 VA facilities have chiropractors on staff. (1) Nearly 100 VA facilities still have little to none. (2) If a VA facility does not have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are able to obtain a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Watertown Wellness 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 Watertown 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 having issues with prescription opioid pain drugs. (6) The opioid epidemic is everywhere; chiropractic care may assist in reducing its effects for military veterans as it does for general population Watertown pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers attempt 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 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 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) Watertown Wellness Center is grateful for 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 Watertown chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Watertown Wellness Center is well prepared to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts experienced by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Watertown 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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