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Use of Chiropractic Services in the VA System

Study: Use of Chiropractic in the VA Rising Steeply

Arlington, Va. –The use of chiropractic services in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system has seen a steep rise over more than a decade, according to research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics(JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

The study’s authors, who analyzed VA national data collected between 2004 and 2015, discovered an increase of more than 800 percent in the number of patients receiving the services of doctors of chiropractic. While authors attribute the increase to a natural growth of the chiropractic service, which was only implemented on-site at the VA in 2004, they also suggest it may be attributed to the successful performance of VA chiropractors and the perceived value of their care, among other factors.

“The fact that these services have expanded consistently and substantially beyond the minimum mandated level may suggest that some VA decision-makers perceive value in providing chiropractic care,” the study notes.

Key findings from the study show that:

  • the annual number of patients seen in VA chiropractic clinics increased by 821 percent;
  • the annual number of chiropractic visits increased by 694 percent;
  • the total number of chiropractic clinics grew from 27 to 65 (9 percent annually);
  • the number of chiropractor employees rose from 13 to 86 (21 percent annually); and
  • female and younger patients received chiropractic care at VA clinics at a greater rate than the national VA outpatient population. “This demographic tendency is consistent with the cohort of veterans from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is known to have a high prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions,” the study authors note.

“ACA commends the VA for its important work to expand access to chiropractic services to the nation’s veterans,” said ACA President David Herd, DC. “It’s vitally important that all of our veterans have access to non-drug approaches to pain management such as those offered by chiropractic physicians, particularly in light of the opioid epidemic that is gripping our country. Many veterans returning from overseas suffer from musculoskeletal ailments, which respond well to chiropractic’s patient-centered and drug-free approach.”

Doctors of chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment primarily of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Read the full study in JMPT.

“Pounding Headaches”

     In the 17 months since I gained treating privileges as a chiropractic physician I have seen some amazing results with patients suffering from severe tension headaches and migraines.  The visual manifestations and the unrelenting pressure in the head are bad enough, but almost equally dreadful is the time lost in pain rather than doing what one wants.
     When evaluating a patient with headaches I look to the structures of the head and neck to assess potential causes.  The patients that have received the most relief have been ones with extremely tight muscles in the top of their neck as well as in their jaws.
      Numerous patients who were once on multiple medications were able reduce the dose or are now off of them completely.  With that comes relief from the common side effects and other concerns about long-term pharmaceutical use.
     A 1995 meta study of chiropractic for headaches involving over 900 patients found that chiropractic treatment provided results ranging from fair to excellent; equivalent to the best medication but with longer lasting benefit than the drugs gave. You can find a summary of the study here:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8775024
      If you or someone you know suffers from migraine or tension type headaches we invite you to come for a consultation. We will tell you honestly whether we think we can help you or not.
     To your health!
              ~Dr. Anton

A New Year, A New View

     For some time now I have noticed that the news channels have been covering stories where someone has done something very bad to someone else.  They hardly ever mention anything about the rest of us who went to work, kissed our spouse, laughed at a well-mannered joke, held our children, or waved to our neighbor.  They don’t even speak about the damage to our spirits and even our health from constantly hearing the bad news, let alone the spirit, moral, and health of our communities!  They neglect to dwell on the beauty that is in this world and the potential joy that is within everyone we pass everyday.
     It is my hope, and prayer this New Year that we take a chance to see the beauty and love that is everywhere while leaving the fear behind in the darkness where it belongs.
    ~ Dr. Anton
 

Dr. Anton Keller

Drink extra water in the fall

When the temperature gets cooler we forget to drink as much water as we need. The cooler air is drier and dehydrates us more quickly than we would suspect. This time of year there is a tendency to reach for sweet snacks and overindulge on cookies and candy around the holidays. This craving for sweets is often a mistaken need for more water. You can help avoid gaining as much holiday weight if you reach for a glass of water whenever you are tempted by the sweet stuff. You will do your body good by keeping it hydrated and avoiding the sugary foods.

Changes to our practice coming

My nephew, Anton Keller, will be joining my practice this year.  He is in his final year at Palmer College of Chiropractic.  He officially graduates in October but before that time he will have some opportunities to visit the office and get to know the patients and see how I practice.

Beginning in October he will be working part time for me and part time for his father, my brother, who has a practice in Fairfield County. I am looking forward to having him available to help patients because we have trouble seeing everyone that needs to be seen sometimes. And looking forward to seeing what the new doctors coming out know that was not in the curriculum 30 years ago. Thirty years??? That does not seem possible.