A new study finds that female veterans-one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the veterans administration (VA) health care system- experience improvement in low-back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association(ACA).

Published in the Journal of  Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the study’s authors note that musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are the most common ailments among female veterans. They also report that female veterans on average access VA medical care more frequently than male veterans, have a higher outpatient cost per patient and have a higher rate of service-connected disability. “Although further research is warranted”, the study said, “chiropractic care may be of value in contributing to the pain management needs of this unique patient population”.

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