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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 Ashburn chiropractic spine pain patients - and now can get it. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is the Ashburn back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Ashburn veterans and Ashburn back pain patients. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn offers relieving Ashburn chiropractic care to any Ashburn back pain patients seeking 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 foremost issues for veterans coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would assume it’s because of carrying weighty 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 Ashburn 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 down the right leg to the knee. Chiropractic care afforded 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 8-week period. Even though he’d had this pain a long time, he realized relief. (4) After 20 years, such decreases in pain and disability would surely be cheered by Ashburn back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 was 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 voted for that chiropractic was to be available 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 provide 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 Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn for care. Many do not know about this perk or that they can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Ashburn 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 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 Ashburn 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 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 sanctioned 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) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn values the confidence in chiropractic care this action shows.

CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn

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 Ashburn chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is well prepared to help ease the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts felt by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Ashburn 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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