More people are turning to chiropractic care to address their back problems, and that includes veterans as well. According to new research from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, chiropractic care in the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration has surged significantly in the last 11 years.
The research, which was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, found that the annual number of patients visiting VA chiropractic clinics increased 821 percent between 2004 and 2015. The study also found that the annual number of visits grew by 693 percent.
As the study noted, this growth could suggest that more decision makers within the VA are seeing just how valuable chiropractic care can be, which could be contributing to the growing number of clinics (9 percent annually) and employees (21 percent annually). In 2004, chiropractic care was only given on-site.
"[American Chiropractic Association] commends the VA for its important work to expand access to chiropractic services to the nation's veterans," ACA President David Herd said in a news release on the association's website.
Herd went onto explain just how important it is for veterans specifically to access pain management methods that don't rely on drugs, noting the rising cases of opioid addiction throughout the country.
"Many veterans returning from overseas suffer from musculoskeletal ailments, which respond well to chiropractic's patient-centered and drug-free approach," he added.
Cynthia A. Brandt, health services researcher at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and the co-author of the study, explained in a press release that these findings about VA chiropractic care, particularly the demographical information, has supplied a foundation to continue research and determine the best ways to deliver care to these patients.
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