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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 San Jose chiropractic spine pain patients - and now have it. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions is the San Jose back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for San Jose veterans and San Jose back pain patients. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions offers relieving San Jose chiropractic care to any San Jose 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 chief issues for veterans coming back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would assume it is 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 San Jose 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 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 course of conservative, chiropractic management involved 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification over an 8-week period. Despite the fact that he’d had this pain a long time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and disability would clearly be appreciated by San Jose back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 was the year of the US law authorizing 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 offer little to no availability. (2) If a VA facility doesn’t have a chiropractor(s) on staff, veterans (if they ask) are allowed to get a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at McMurray Chiropractic Solutions for care. Many do not know about this perk or that they can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your San Jose chiropractic persist in educating 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 San Jose 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 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) McMurray Chiropractic Solutions 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 experience relief.

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

San Jose 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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