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Chiropractic for Veterans

Posted by Dr. Tom Konicki
Dr. Tom Konicki
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Question: I am a veteran and have benefited from chiropractic care for many years, but my insurance has always paid for it. I heard that the Veterans Administration now covers chiropractic. Is this true?

Answer: Yes! In January, 2002 President Bush signed into law (Public Law 107-135) establishing a permanent chiropractic benefit within the VA health care system. This law authorized hiring doctors of chiropractic to treat veterans. The Chiropractic Advisory Committee has been formed to help implement chiropractors into this vast system. 4,000 veterans have sought chiropractic care just since last year.

VA Secretary, R. James Nicholson has been committed to introducing chiropractors to this enormous network that serves 7 million veterans. The veterans first consult a medical doctor who can then refer the patient to the chiropractor. Chiropractic helps your body heal naturally without the use of drugs or surgery. This provides one more option of care for veterans. If a chiropractor is unable to help, the patient can easily be moved on to other doctors within the VA system. This all provides coordinated care and the veteran wins!

Chiropractors feel honored to be able to help veterans enjoy a better quality of life. Chiropractic is safe and effective for many conditions. The more common ones includes neck pain, back pain, headaches, sciatic pain, non-surgical disc pain, pinched nerves, arm pain and osteoarthritis.

In 2004, 27 veteran facilities offered chiropractic care. Recently, two more facilities in Rochester, New York and St. Louis, Missouri have added chiropractic services. This now brings the total number to 31 across the nation.

The VA Hospital in Columbus, Ohio is the closest facility with a chiropractor on staff. However, it is possible for a veteran to be treated locally with a chiropractor on an outpatient basis. This option is available to veterans who cannot economically travel to Columbus because of illness, debility or lack of access.

Integration of chiropractic in the VA system is opening new doors for cooperation among medical doctors and chiropractors, as well as coordinating education and research. New York Chiropractic College is affiliated with VA hospitals in Buffalo and Rochester, New York. Logan College of Chiropractic is affiliated with the VA hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

It is a slow process to put chiropractors on staff in the 158 VA hospitals around the country. I am looking forward to the day when our Dayton veterans are able to be treated locally within our own hospital!

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Dr. Tom Konicki is a board certified chiropractic orthopedist and has practiced for many years in South Dayton. You can reach him at www.kschiro.com or 937-439-5400. Mail your questions to Ask the Chiropractor, 2165 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459.

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