Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) veterans commonly have musculoskeletal conditions. These veterans may be receiving chiropractic services in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This study is a first step toward understanding the effectiveness of such services for OIF/OEF veterans. The records of one VHA chiropractic clinic were reviewed, and 31 OIF/OEF veteran cases were found. All had musculoskeletal pain complaints, and most were diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but some cases that previously screened negative for PTSD were screened positive in the chiropractic clinic. Before reaching the chiropractic clinic, most patients had tried several other treatment options for their musculoskeletal pain complaints. Of these cases, 19 reported an important pain decrease after chiropractic treatment.
Volume 47 Number 1, 2010
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