Spine, muscle and joint pain is more common among our military and veteran communities than the entire Canadian population. Consider:
- More than three million adults make more than eight million visits per year to Ontario physicians to seek care for musculoskeletal (MSK) or spine, muscle and joint concerns.1 But 40 per cent of people in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) – double that of the general population – have been diagnosed with low back pain. 2
- Spine, muscle and joint injuries are a major occupational risk for people in the military, both in active service and civilian life.
- MSK (spine, muscle and joint) injuries are the leading medical reason 42 per cent of CAF members end their military careers.3
- The high incidence of MSK (spine, muscle and joint) conditions continues after a military career ends – including becoming a leading cause of disability.2
Unfortunately, CAF members also receive less care to address spine, muscle and joint issues because:
- In Ontario, citizens do not need a referral to receive chiropractic care but for CAF members that reside off base in this province, a referral is needed. This adds further restrictions towards accessing chiropractic care for members of our Armed Forces.
- This limited access to chiropractic care also leads to the under-reporting of spine, muscle and joint injuries in order to not negatively affect their military careers.
For CAF members to have an improved quality of life as they transition to civilian life, their spine, muscle and joint health is critical. Chiropractic care has been shown to have positive outcomes in these disorders. We have aligned with our CCA partners to advocate and advance better health care solutions for veterans across Ontario.