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Mixed-Methods Research in a Complex Multisite Veterans Affairs’ Health Services Study

Chiro.Org Blog: There is growing consumer interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the USA and internationally. [1-3] Healthcare systems have responded to this demand by offering a range of CAM services in outpatient and inpatient settings. [4, 5] VA’s most substantial undertaking in delivering any CAM-related service has been its introduction of chiropractic services. […]

Trends in the Use and Characteristics of Chiropractic Services in the Department of Veterans Affairs

Chiro.Org Blog: Since their introduction more a decade ago, use of on-station chiropractic services in VA, the VA chiropractic workforce, and VA’s use of purchased chiropractic care have grown substantially. The types of conditions for which patients see VA chiropractors and the types of services they receive are similar to previous reports of chiropractic care in the United States. Because VA continues to expand its delivery of chiropractic care, ongoing work is needed to assess the delivery of these services so that they can be optimized to provide the most value to Veterans and the VA health care system. […]

National Medicare Equality Petition

Chiro.Org Blog: Studies have shown that essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs) can help aging Americans live healthier and happier lives, yet every day our nation’s seniors are being unjustly denied full access to Medicare covered services by doctors of chiropractic that could improve their quality of life. […]

Does Cervical Spine Manipulation Reduce Pain in People With Degenerative Cervical Radiculopathy?

Chiro.Org Blog: There was moderate level evidence to support the immediate effectiveness of cervical spine manipulation in treating people with cervical radiculopathy. The safety of cervical manipulation cannot be taken as an exact conclusion so far. […]

Aging Baby Boomers and the Rising Cost of Chronic Back Pain

Chiro.Org Blog: The “Baby Boomer Generation” is a demographic bulge in the US population considered by the US Census Bureau to encompass those individuals born during the demographic birth boom between 1946 and 1964 (Figure 1). [1] A “pig in a python” metaphor aptly describes the effect of this birth cohort on society, [2] as entire social infrastructures have adapted over time, first expanding and then contracting to meet the changing needs of the boomers. For example, municipal school systems were first overbuilt and then later dismantled or repurposed, to accommodate the boomers as they passed through the educational system. With boomers now approaching retirement age, the US health care system must prepare for the coming shockwave of their increasing health care needs, which will likely include a greater and more costly burden of musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain. […]