Two articles published in the June 2009 issue of Military Medicine, the official monthly journal of AMSUS (Association of Military Surgeons in the United States), the Society of the Federal Health Agencies, discusses chiropractic care and its inclusion in military and veterans administration health care environments.
One article, "Chiropractic in U.S. Military and Veterans' Health Care," authored by Drs. Bart Green, Claire Johnson and Anthony Lisi, provides an overview of chiropractic services within the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Lisi is director of chiropractic services for the VA.
A second article, "A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Clinical Outcomes Following Chiropractic Care in Veterans With and Without Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," investigates clinical outcomes in 130 veterans with neck or low back complaints at the Western New York VA. According to study findings, patients with PTSD had significantly poorer improvement on self-reported outcome measures (neck and low back disability) compared to patients without PTSD. Authors of this article include Drs. Andrew Dunn, Steven Passmore, Jeanmarie Burke and New York Chiropractic College student David Chicoine.
To learn more about the current status of chiropractic in the VA, read Dr. Lisi's recent DC articles, "Giving Our Veterans the Care They Deserve" and "Chiropractic Training at VA Medical Facilities" online. These articles are part of an ongoing series by Dr. Lisi on chiropractic in the VA.