The spines of our veterans need beneficial
care. Veterans need access to chiropractic care - just like their fellow
Richmond chiropractic spine pain patients - and now can get
it. Johnson Chiropractic is the Richmond back pain specialty center for
spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for
Richmond veterans and Richmond back pain patients.
Johnson Chiropractic offers relieving Richmond chiropractic care to any Richmond
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 foremost
issues for veterans coming back from the Iraq and
Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would think
it’s due to 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 Richmond residents apply to military,
too, like injury, posture, daily activity, weight, stress, genetic defects,
RELIEF FOR A VETERAN
One military officer who had a 20-year history of
mechanical back pain secondary to an injury incurred while
on active military duty felt 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% reduction
in his disability. The course of conservative,
chiropractic management involved 10 treatments of
lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in 8 weeks. Even though he’d had this pain for some time, he realized
relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and
disability would clearly be welcomed by
Richmond back pain sufferers, too.
BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF
1999 was the year of the US law empowering
the VA to provide chiropractic care via private sector
chiropractors. (5) From 2004 (the year the law was passed 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 have little to no
availability. (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 Johnson Chiropractic for care. Many
don’t know about this option or that they can benefit
from chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and
your Richmond 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 having issues 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 Richmond pain patients.
ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.
Chiropractic researchers try 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) Recently, the US House sanctioned expansion
of chiropractic services in the VA. Availability is to increase
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) Johnson Chiropractic welcomes the
confidence in chiropractic care this action demonstrates.
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
from The Back Doctors’ Podcast about a military veteran with
multiple spinal issues whose local chiropractor helped him experience
Schedule a Richmond chiropractic appointment for
yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. Johnson Chiropractic 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.