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2020 May 14

Health Psychol

Low back pain, mental health symptoms, and quality of life among injured service members.


Watrous JR, McCabe CT, Jones G, Farrokhi S, Mazzone B, Clouser MC, Galarneau MR
Health Psychol. 2020 May 14.
PMID: 32406726.


Pain is a significant public health issue that may be particularly problematic among injured service members who are at high risk of chronic physical and mental health conditions. The goals of this study were to describe the prevalence and types of low back pain (acute vs. recurrent) among service members injured while on combat deployments, and to examine the differences in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression prevalence and severity, as well as quality of life, for individuals with low back pain compared with those without.