Musculoskeletal conditions are associated with a great number of diagnoses resulting in disability discharges from the US Military. Injuries: the modern military epidemic - Maj. Vancil McNulty, Physical Therapy Staff Officer U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine reveals that the injury rate for the Army is 2,500 reported injuries for every 1,000 soldiers. Every soldier could potentially go to sick call at least twice a year for musculoskeletal injuries. Injuries that affect the low back, knee, ankle and shoulders account for most visits. These numbers do not even include injuries from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; they include only injuries from Army garrisons. Moreover, the same report depicts the following staggering statistics:
- Injuries were the second cause of hospitalizations, accounting for almost 110,000 days in hospital.
- Injuries were, and are, the leading cause of outpatient clinical visits.
- Musculoskeletal injuries accounted for 68 percent of all limited-duty days and medical profiles; adding up to an estimated 25 million limited-duty days per year.
- There were 2.1 million injury-related medical visits, affecting 900,000 service members.
- 41% of combat amputees suffer other soft tissue injuries.
CMAPPro is an excellent tool for enhancing the patient-centered medical home concept. By helping the provider make more timely and accurate treatment decisions, it promises improved access and better care while reducing unneeded tests and referrals, and slows the overall cost growth. All of these benefits will lead to greater patient satisfaction.
This advanced diagnostics tool is very portable and deployable anywhere data can be transmitted. The need to refer soldiers to a higher level of care will be reduced ensuring a faster return to duty and enhanced unit strength.
For the many neuromuscular disability cases, CMAPPro provides objective data about the interaction of muscles and nerves while the patient is in motion. This will assist the physician in making more definitive diagnoses, allowing for quicker return to duty decisions and faster disability determinations while also reducing the number of TDRL cases.
Musculoskeletal injuries are one of the three most difficult to rate and also one of the three most common. Current PEB guidance for all neuromuscular injuries requires an orthopedic consult with range of motion, strength and functional impairment, and EMG if appropriate. CMAPPro provides all the above information in a non-loading, non-invasive manner all while the patient is in motion.
For polytrauma patients, CMAPPro can help physicians identify and treat soft tissue injuries masked by multiple traumatic injuries.
CMAPPro is also an excellent tool for ensuring new recruits are fully capable of fulfilling their duties and provides a good baseline for any future disability determinations.