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Chiropractic Care in Military and Hospital Systems

Think there’s back pain in military personnel? You bet! Do they merit relief? Absolutely! Integration of chiropractic into military healthcare systems is happening. What about integrating chiropractic into civilian hospital systems? We Chicago civilians are said to have back pain at a rate of 80% in our lifetime, and 1 in 3 of us has back pain at any moment. So Chiropractic Care offers effective chiropractic care for Chicago back pain sufferers as the government and VA systems work to incorporate more access to chiropractic care for our military personnel and some local hospitals start to include chiropractic care for the rest of us as well.

 

Now, low back pain in military enlistees requiring hospitalization is 27%. If they have the diagnosis of unspecified low back pain, it’s 71%. If they have a lumbar disc disorder diagnosis, it’s 29%. For those recruits who are compulsorily enrolled, pass physician-performed examinations and are deemed to be healthy, young adults, hospitalization for low back pain causes significant morbidity during their military service. (1)  Chiropractic Care wonders if non-hospitalization care like chiropractic care might be beneficial.  

So the military wonders, too. For those military folks with musculoskeletal problems in the Navy, a special center is established for them at the Naval Base in San Diego. It has 18 different health care providers from 10 different specialties to provide integrated musculoskeletal services. These are primary care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, vestibular therapy, gait analysis, prosthetics, recreational therapy, and chiropractic care. Yes, chiropractic care! (2) Chiropractors are also working in Veteran’s Administrative facilities, and 88% of the VA patients are seen for low back pain. (3) Chiropractic Care is so pleased to see chiropractic care integrated for the military! Further, the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs are studying how chiropractic service is integrated into the health care systems and planning for the future of its continued integration and use. (4)  

So, for those not in the military and rely on local healthcare systems and hospitals, integration of chiropractic is happening, too! For example, in Minnesota, a model of chiropractic integration in a private hospital system was developed over 10 years. In a survey about this system, 74 %of respondents supported integrating complementary alternative medicine. 45% supported having the primary care physician as the gatekeeper for CAM use. In two years, the chiropractic program saw 8294 patients who were referred from primary care providers (MD’s and PA’s), self-referral, sports medicine and orthopedic physicians. (5) Not a bad start! Chicago chiropractic care is offered at Chiropractic Care now!

So, bring your back pain to Chiropractic Care. In Chicago, chiropractic care for back pain at Chiropractic Care is gentle, safe and effective. May chiropractic care be even more readily available through integration! Contact Chiropractic Care soon!
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