Chiropractic Care in the Treatment of Veterans


We are approaching Independence Day, and as United States citizens, we all take the time to recognize the men and women who have fought and are still fighting for our freedom.  When soldiers return from war, some of them experience back and neck pain as a result of carrying heavy gear through rough conditions, stress, sleeping problems, or posture issues. A new study is investigating the importance of incorporating chiropractic treatment into the care plans of our veterans, and the results speak for themselves.

The Facts

The study is being conducted in part by Dr. Christine Goertz, a prominent researcher at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport. Aptly titled, “Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain and Smoking Cessation in Military Active-Duty Personnel,” the study investigates how effective the addition of chiropractic care is in resolving back pain. Of the 91 active duty military personnel who participated in the study (ranging in age from 18 to 35), 17 percent reported a cessation of back pain as a result of traditional care, whereas 73 percent reported a cessation of back pain with the inclusion of chiropractic treatment in their care plans.

Going From Here

These facts point to the effectiveness of chiropractic in treating the cause of pain, as opposed to simply masking it with short term solutions like pain medication. Pain medication is also habit forming, and can pose a risk of dependency over time for sufferers of chronic pain. In addition, because chiropractic is non-invasive, the potential risks and side effects are dramatically reduced compared with options like surgery or injection. Chiropractic care presents an affordable and results-producing option for veterans that need real solutions to their pain.

Dr. Goertz and her team are conducting larger scale research projects to further the case for chiropractic in the treatment of back pain for veterans. As she says, “We have to pay more attention to this topic, from both a research and a clinical perspective.”


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Story Credit: Chiropractic care: Military study shows team approach effectiveness By Deidre Cox Baker

Photo Credit: Jim Dubel Chiropractic by Michael Dorausch. Used under a Creative Commons license.

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