Improve Access for Canadians
Musculoskeletal conditions are among the leading causes of disability, costs, and absenteeism in Canada. Chiropractors, as Canada’s spine, muscle and nervous system experts, play a central role in providing Canadians with the care they need. We can do more to improve access to chiropractic care.
The federal government is Canada’s fifth-largest provider of health services. The CCA works with the federal government to build an understanding of the value of chiropractic care for those Canadians who receive their health services through federal funding, including our military, veterans, and first nations and Inuits. For more information on current coverage, please visit Chiropractic Coverage.
Improving Access to Chiropractic Care for the Canadian Forces
Musculoskeletal injuries in the Canadian Forces, primarily in backs and knees, are causing serious health challenges for the Canadian military and are responsible for 53% of all medical releases. The prevalence of lower back pain among the military is twice the general public, and overall musculoskeletal conditions are the leading reason for non-deployment and medical release.
Despite the tremendous burden these injuries place on the government and service members, our men and women in uniform are faced with some of the greatest barriers to accessing chiropractic care. As a result, an important priority for the CCA’s advocacy efforts has been to effectively demonstrate the negative impact these injuries are having on the Canadian Forces and to build an understanding of the need for a comprehensive prevention and treatment strategy for musculoskeletal injuries in the service.
The Canadian Forces would benefit from a musculoskeletal Strategy, modelled on the CF’s Mental Health Strategy that would take form in a shared plan of action and policies to address both the prevention and appropriate management of musculoskeletal conditions, including chiropractic, in the Canadian Forces.