New findings on back pain for active-duty military
For many men and woman, serving our country is an honorable profession — one that comes with many mental and physical demands. We know how common chronic back pain can be, and recent findings in veteran health care has shown some interesting results.
An ongoing military study sponsored by the Department of Defense, the Millennium Cohort Study — which evaluates the health of service personnel during and after their service — shows that those who were deployed and in combat were 38 percent more likely to report back pain than noncombat soldiers.
According to the study, “activities during deployment that may increase the risk for back pain include driving specialized vehicles, long and frequent flying hours, wearing of body armor, or carrying heavy loads.” Back pain has also been shown to increase the risk of distress, anxiety, depression and other psychological stressors.
The study notes that certain occupational activities have been associated with back pain, such as:
- Physical strain
- Frequent lifting
- Postural stress
While these factors can cause chronic spine conditions among people of all occupations, Laser Spine Institute is proud to help our military personnel who may be seeking neck or back pain relief — and if you’re seeking a Tricare surgery, options are within reach.
By offering an alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery, more than 60,000 people have trusted Laser Spine Institute to help them find the relief they deserve. If you’ve suffered spinal trauma during your service and need effective back pain relief surgery, contact us today for your no-cost MRI review* to find out if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive spine procedures.