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 Eugene chiropractic spine pain patients - and now have it. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is the Eugene back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Eugene veterans and Eugene back pain patients. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic offers relieving Eugene chiropractic care to any Eugene 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 primary issues for veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it attribute? Most of us would assume it’s 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)  Causes of back pain for non-military folks like Eugene 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 during 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% lessening in perceived disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management incorporated 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification over an eight-week period. Despite the fact that he’d had this pain for some time, he realized relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and disability would surely be welcomed by Eugene 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 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) 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 get a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic for care. Many don’t know about this perk or that they can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Eugene 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 assist in reducing its effects for military veterans as it does for general population Eugene pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers strive 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 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 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) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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 find relief.

Schedule a Eugene chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is well prepared to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts felt by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Eugene 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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