VA Chiropractic Care Shows Dramatic Increase

WEST HAVEN, CT—Use of chiropractic services at the VA rose by more than 800% between 2004 and 2015, at least partly because of the high rate of musculoskeletal injuries in recent conflicts, according to a new study. Research published in… Read More

Military Knee Injuries Could Be Linked to Hip, Thigh Strength

TULSA, OK—Knee overuse injuries are the most common musculoskeletal complaints in military trainees and are common in active-duty warfighters, according to a new study which suggested a possible link between lower hip and thigh strength and knee overuse injuries. While… Read More

Recent Servicemembers Have More Severe Orthopedic Injuries

EL PASO, TX—Of the around 60,000 U.S. military servicemembers injured in combat during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, 40% have suffered fractures, traumatic amputations and injuries to the spine. With about 64% percent of those with combat-related bone and joint… Read More

Most Army Special Forces Musculoskeletal Injuries Preventable

PITTSBURGH – A significant proportion of injuries among Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the Army can be classified as preventable and may be mitigated with human performance programs, according to a study. The study, published recently in Military Medicine, noted… Read More

Study Finds No Link Between Bisphosphonate Use and Fractures

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Long-term use of bisphosphonates have been associated in some research with subtrochanteric femoral shaft fractures after little or no trauma, but new research looking at VA data did not replicate that effect. In fact, the study published… Read More

Preoperative Opioid Use Predicts Post-Surgical Chronic Pain

SEATTLE – The most important predictor of chronic postoperative pain after elective knee arthroscopy is preoperative opioid use, according to a single-center retrospective study. Background information in the study, published recently in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, notes that chronic… Read More

LOS, Costs Decreased in VA Joint Replacement Initiative

INDIANAPOLIS — Five years ago, an analysis of joint replacement surgical procedures at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis revealed that $1.4 million in non-VA care costs had been spent for total hip and knee replacements… Read More

Increasing Knee Replacements for African-American Vets

PHILADELPHIA — Even though joint-replacement surgery is considered one of the most effective treatments for end-stage knee osteoarthritis, relieving pain in more than 90% of patients, African-Americans are much less likely than whites to consider it as an option. Consequently, those… Read More

Biomechanical Risk Factors Identified for Fractures

WEST POINT, NY — Stress fracture injuries disproportionately affect military servicemembers, yet little is known about the biomechanical risk factors associated with them. That’s why a team led by researchers from Keller Army Hospital in West Point, NY, prospectively examined… Read More

Telephone Intervention Effect Varied by Race, Health Literacy

DURHAM, NC – Race and health literacy were factors in the effectiveness of a telephone-based osteoarthritis (OA) self-management support intervention, according to a new study.1 Researchers from the Durham, NC, VA Medical Center, Duke University in Durham and the University… Read More

Return to Active Duty Unusual After Knee Procedure

CHICAGO – Treating large cartilage knee defects with an allograft osteoarticular transplant (OATS) does not allow most military personnel to return to full active duty status, according to research presented recently at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Specialty… Read More

Vitamin D No Help for Knee Osteoarthritis

BOSTON – Vitamin D supplementation did not result in a significant difference in knee pain or cartilage volume loss in patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis compared to a placebo group, according to a study from Tufts Medical Center in Boston.1… Read More

Autograft Better in ACL Repair for Army Cadets

WEST POINT, NY – Young military cadets undergoing an allograft ACL reconstruction were significantly more likely to experience clinical failure requiring revision reconstruction than those who underwent autologous graft reconstruction, according to researchers from the U.S. Military Academy at West… Read More

High Rates of Injury Identified in Army MP Training

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD – A new study is the first to identify injury rates and identify specific factors increasing injury risk during military police (MP) training in the Army. The study, published recently in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders,… Read More

Greater Weight Gain Seen After Knee Replacement Surgery

RICHMOND, VA – While knee-replacement surgery often is sought so patients can return to a more active lifestyle, patients who undergo the procedure might be at greater risk of gaining weight than those who have not had the surgery. For… Read More

Pilot Program at Memphis VA Promises Patients Greater Autonomy after Spinal-Cord Injuries

By Annette M. Boyle MEMPHIS, TN — A pilot program in Memphis is bringing VA closer to meeting what perhaps is the greatest desire for its 42,000 veterans with spinal-cord injuries and disorders: more control of their environment. This month,… Read More

Human Performance Optimization Used to Prevent Common Injuries in Troops

By Stephen Spotswood NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — The term “human performance optimization” (HPO) emerged from a 2006 DoD quadrennial review which identified a need to promote warrior wellness and apply emerging technologies to human performance. The U.S. was engaged in… Read More

IOM Says Get Rid of 510k approval FDA Responds Not So Fast

WASHINGTON — Six months after the Institute of Medicine (IoM) issued a report recommending the dissolution of FDA’s 510(k) medical device approval process, the agency has yet to release their official response — a delay that has legislators concerned. Unofficially,… Read More

Army Readiness Eroded By Increasing Numbers of Medically Unfit Soldiers

WASHINGTON — As troops are being drawn down, even while the demand on the force continues, a growing percentage of Army troops are medically unfit for duty, Army officials said at the recent Association of the U.S. Army 2011 Annual… Read More