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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 Toronto chiropractic spine pain patients - and now can get it. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is the Toronto back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Toronto veterans and Toronto back pain patients. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre offers relieving Toronto chiropractic care to any Toronto 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 leading problems for veterans returning 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 reported more by military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Causes of back pain for non-military folks like Toronto 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 while on active military duty lived with intermittent radiation of numbness and tingling involving the right lower extremity distal to the knee. Chiropractic care provided him a 25% reduction 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. Even though he’d had this pain a long time, he realized relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and disability would clearly be cheered by Toronto back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 marked the year of the US law empowering 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 rose 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 does not have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are allowed to obtain a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre for care. Many do not know about this perk or that they can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Toronto chiropractic persist in educating 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 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 Toronto pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers attempt to ensure 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 manage 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 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) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre welcomes 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 Toronto chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is ready to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts felt by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Toronto 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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