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 Baton Rouge chiropractic spine pain patients - and now have it. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation offers relieving Baton Rouge chiropractic care to any Baton Rouge 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 primary problems for veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it attribute? Most of us would assume it is due to carrying weighty backpacks and weapons. (2) One study reports that back pain is reported more by military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Reason for 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 sustained during active military duty lived with intermittent radiation of numbness and tingling involving the right lower extremity distal to the knee. Chiropractic care afforded him a 25% reduction in low back pain severity and a 22% lessening in perceived disability. The course of conservative, chiropractic management included 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in eight weeks. Even though 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 was the year of the US law authorizing the VA to deliver 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 grew 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 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 Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation for care. Many don’t know about this option 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 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 Baton Rouge pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers try 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 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 increase 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation appreciates the confidence in chiropractic care this action demonstrates.

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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 Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is well prepared to help ease the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts suffered 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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