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

The spines of our veterans need good care. Veterans need access to chiropractic care - just like their fellow Buffalo, NY chiropractic spine pain patients - and now can get it. The Novelli Wellness Center is the Buffalo, NY back pain specialty center for spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain relief for Buffalo, NY veterans and Buffalo, NY back pain patients. The Novelli Wellness Center offers relieving Buffalo, NY chiropractic care to any Buffalo, NY 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 chief problems for veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) To what is it credited? Most of us would assume it’s due to carrying heavy backpacks and weapons. (2) One study points out that back pain is found more in military construction and law enforcement personnel. (3)  Causes of back pain for non-military folks like Buffalo, NY 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 sustained during 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% decrease in perceived disability. The program of conservative, chiropractic management involved 10 treatments of lumbar flexion/distraction and activity modification in 8 weeks. Despite the fact that he’d had this pain for some time, he gained relief. (4) After 20 years, such reductions in pain and disability would surely be welcomed by Buffalo, NY back pain sufferers, too.

BENEFICIAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR VETERANS’ SPINES INSTEAD OF OPIOIDS

1999 marked 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 accessible in 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) Recently, 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 able to obtain a referral to a local chiropractor like yours at The Novelli Wellness Center for care. Many do not know about this perk or that they can be helped with chiropractic care. Chiropractic as a profession and your Buffalo, NY chiropractic continue to educate the public about how it can relieve 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 Buffalo, NY pain patients.

ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC EXPANDS IN THE U.S.

Chiropractic researchers strive to ensure 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 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 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) The Novelli Wellness Center is grateful for the confidence in chiropractic care this action demonstrates.

CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center

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 Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment for yourself or a loved one – military veteran or not. The Novelli Wellness Center is well prepared to help alleviate the musculoskeletal spine pain and back pain conditions of all sorts faced by military personnel and military veterans with chiropractic care.

Buffalo, NY 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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