Military Personnel Find Relief from More Chiropractic Care Available in the VA

The spines of our veterans need suitable care. Veterans need access to chiropractic care - just like their fellow Ottawa chiropractic spine pain patients - and now can get it. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is the Ottawa back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Ottawa veterans and Ottawa back pain patients. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider offers relieving Ottawa chiropractic care to any Ottawa 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 top issues for veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would think it’s because of carrying heavy 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 Ottawa 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 during active military duty lived with 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 his disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management involved 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in eight weeks. Despite the fact that he had had this pain for some time, he realized relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and disability would surely be cheered by Ottawa 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 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 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 The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider for care. Many don’t know about this option or that they can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Ottawa chiropractic persist in trying to get the word out to the public about how it can help 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 Ottawa 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 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) Lately, the US House approved 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) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider values the confidence in chiropractic care this action shows.

CONTACT The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider

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 Ottawa chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is ready to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts experienced by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Ottawa 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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