The reliance on painkillers is under scrutiny in many sectors, and the US military has noted the successes of adding chiropractic care to a standard treatment plan. The national program director for pain management at the VA encourages his department and the Pentagon to "build on existing initiatives."
According to a recent report, the military has seen improvement when treating both veterans and active-duty patients with a mix of standard care plans and alternate methods that avoid prescriptions. Chiropractic care was specifically named as a beneficial factor.
A 2013 study published in the journal "Spine," for example, found that 73 percent of participating active-duty military patients with acute low back pain receiving a combination of chiropractic manipulative treatment and standard medical care rated their global improvement as "pain completely gone," "much better" or "moderately better."
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