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2019 Oct 01

Mil Med



Effect of Chronic Low Back Pain and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on the Risk for Separation from the US Army.


Benedict TM, Singleton MD, Nitz AJ, Shing TL, Kardouni JR
Mil Med. 2019 Oct 01; 184(9-10):431-439.
PMID: 30793196.


Co-morbid post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and low back pain (LBP) are common reasons for increased disability in the Veteran communities. Medical discharge from the military represents a considerable financial cost to society. Little is currently known about the impact of LBP and PTSD as longitudinal risk factors for medical discharge from Active Duty military service.