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When President Trump signs the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (the omnibus bill), chiropractic’s nondrug approach to pain relief for veterans, many of whom suffer from back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, will be significantly expanded.

Supported by several veterans groups and championed in Congress by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), the approved language requires the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to expand the availability of chiropractic services at no fewer than two medical centers or clinics in each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) no later than Dec. 31, 2019, and at no fewer than 50 percent of all medical centers in each VISN by Dec. 31, 2021.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is an evidence-based treatment for acute, subacute, and chronic back pain and can prevent, help reduce, and even eliminate harmful opioid use by our honored veterans. Editor Mike McInally was correct when he stated in his March 23 editorial, “Dry up the demand across the market by reducing opioid prescriptions and developing other options for chronic pain.” The chiropractic profession provides a non-drug-care path to help do just that.

New research published in the medical journal Lancet this month both validates the efficacy and recommends spinal manipulation for back pain. So in part, with his signature, President Trump will help dry up the demand for harmful pain pills among our nation’s veterans.

Vern Saboe, DC

Albany (March 23)

(Editor's note: President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill on Friday, March 23)

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