Orthopaedic Care Needed When Soldiers Come Home

Peter Pollack

“Injury patterns sustained by deployed soldiers have been understudied,” explained Lt. Col. (P) Philip J. Belmont Jr., MD, “particularly when considering the types of injuries and how they are addressed later. Our previous studies have focused on combat and noncombat injuries sustained in-theater. This study focuses on soldiers who have completed their combat tours and returned home.”

Dr. Belmont is the lead author of “Non-Emergent Orthopaedic Injuries Sustained by Soldiers in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” which was published earlier this year in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery–American. The prospective, longitudinal cohort study focuses on 4,122 soldiers (3,797 male; 325 female) from a single brigade combat team stationed in Iraq. The average age of the cohort at deployment was 23 years (range:18 to 52 years).

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