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 Plymouth chiropractic spine pain patients - and now have it. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology is the Plymouth back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Plymouth veterans and Plymouth back pain patients. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology offers relieving Plymouth chiropractic care to any Plymouth 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 chief issues for veterans coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it attribute? Most of us would think it is due to 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 Plymouth 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 down the right leg to the knee. Chiropractic care afforded him a 25% decrease in low back pain severity and a 22% decrease in perceived disability. The course of conservative, chiropractic management included 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in eight weeks. Despite the fact that he’d had this pain a long time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such drops in pain and disability would surely be welcomed by Plymouth back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 marked the year of the US law authorizing 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 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 provide little to no availability. (2) If a VA facility doesn’t have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are able to get a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology for care. Many don’t know about this perk or that they can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Plymouth 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 Plymouth 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 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) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology is grateful for the confidence in chiropractic care this action demonstrates.

CONTACT Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology

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 Plymouth chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology 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.

Plymouth 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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