~ News post from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health ~
U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families are disproportionately affected by chronic pain, PTSD, depression, brain injury and other medical conditions. The statistics concerning pain alone are staggering: A survey of post-deployment soldiers who weren’t seeking treatment found that 44 percent had chronic pain, compared to 26 percent in the general civilian population. The use of opioids, which is of great concern because of the potential for abuse and overdose, was also higher in the military group than among the civilians: 15 percent versus 4 percent. Learn more about how our Center is partnering with other federal agencies to explore mind and body approaches to treat the conditions now plaguing our military personnel and veterans.