Do active-duty military personnel have access to chiropractic care?

Yes, chiropractic care is available for active-duty personnel at more than 60 military sites in the United States and overseas. Chiropractic care is also available at approximately 36 sites within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. 

Active-duty military and veterans greatly appreciate their access to chiropractic care, which can help them reduce their pain and increase their function without drugs. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are expert care givers for patients with musculoskeletal complaints (involving the muscles, bones and joints), and these are the most frequent complaints of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

For the most part, no -- or only if they pay for it themselves. However, there is a program called the Chiropractic Health Care Program. This program is available to active-duty military personnel (that’s important -- veterans can’t take advantage of this program) who have received treatment for a medical problem, and their primary care physician decides that chiropractic care is required and absolutely necessary for their care. If you (only you ‘cause your family is not eligible at all) do qualify for this program, you will have to receive all your chiropractic care at a designated military treatment facility in the U.S. of A.


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