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 West Des Moines chiropractic spine pain patients - and now can get it. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is the West Des Moines back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for West Des Moines veterans and West Des Moines back pain patients. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers relieving West Des Moines chiropractic care to any West Des Moines 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 coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it attribute? Most of us would think it is due to carrying weighty backpacks and weapons. (2) One study points out that back pain is found more in military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Reason for back pain for non-military folks like West Des Moines 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 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% decrease in his disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management included 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification over an eight-week period. Even though he had had this pain a long time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such drops in pain and disability would clearly be cheered by West Des Moines 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 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 increased 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 have 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 Executive Chiropractic of Iowa for care. Many don’t know about this option or that they can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines 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 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 endorsed expansion of chiropractic services in the VA. Availability is to rise 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) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa appreciates the confidence in chiropractic care this action demonstrates.

CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa

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 West Des Moines chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is ready to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts faced by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

West Des Moines 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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