Should our soldiers continue to suffer after they have returned home from their tour of duty? That’s a resounding, “No.” Our troops have been forced to tolerate pain long enough to finish their assignments. Let’s not allow them to continue to suffer after the battle. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately half of our returning vets experience on-going back pain – which is unfortunate!
Unlike civilians, who may suffer back pain due to too much sitting, our soldiers experience physical distress upon their bodies from being on the battle field – especially their back. Though there are certainly troops who have desk jobs, those whose assignments involve carrying lots of equipment or wearing heavy protective gear for long periods of time are prone to wear-and-tear injuries. Veterans may also experience back pain as a result of injury, which can complicate the treatment process.
Our troops shouldn’t have to suffer chronic back pain. For anyone experiencing chronic pain, there is the risk of developing feelings of frustration, despair, and depression. This risk can be even greater for veterans, even those returning from non-combat missions. Back pain and back injuries can limit your ability to work. For those who have made serving their country their career, back pain can seriously inhibit successfully performing their duties.
Our soldiers have laid their life on the line just to serve and protect our country. They shouldn’t have to wait to receive the treatment they need to reduce their physical pain. Beginning in 1998, the Veterans’ Administration has used a protocol for handling veterans’ pain issues known as the National Pain Management Strategy. However, the lengthy wait times and inefficiencies of the VA system have been well documented. Returning troops are faced with bureaucratic hurdles and frustrating lags, especially for seeing specialists. Though efforts are being made to overhaul the VA, chronic pain can make each day feel like an eternity.
Doctor Kamson wants to contribute to the healing of our nation by helping our soldiers get past the physical pain. Rather than waiting for a referral, there are other options. The Spine Institute Northwest offers a comprehensive array of treatment options, and we make every effort to make sure you don’t need to wait to come see us.