The role of US military physical therapists during recent combat campaigns

Josef H. Moore, Stephen L. Goffar, Deydre S. Teyhen, Timothy L. Pendergrass, John D. Childs, James Robert Ficke

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US military physical therapists have a proud history of providing medical care during operational deployments ranging from war to complex humanitarian emergencies. Regardless of austerity of environment or intensity of hostility, US military physical therapists serve as autonomous providers, evaluating and treating service members with and without physician referral. This perspective article suggests that the versatility of US military physical therapist practice enables them not only to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries but also to provide a wide range of definitive care and rehabilitation, reducing the need for costly evacuation. War is not sport, but the delivery of skilled musculoskeletal physical therapy services as close to the point of injury as possible parallels the sports medicine model for on- or near-field practice. This model that mixes direct access with near-immediate access enhances outcomes, reduces costs, and allows other health care team members to work at the highest levels of their licensure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1268-1275
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Therapy
Volume93
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Physical Therapists
Sports Medicine
Patient Care Team
Hostility
Wounds and Injuries
Licensure
Sports
Emergencies
Referral and Consultation
Rehabilitation
Physicians
Costs and Cost Analysis
Warfare
Therapeutics

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  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Moore, J. H., Goffar, S. L., Teyhen, D. S., Pendergrass, T. L., Childs, J. D., & Ficke, J. R. (2013). The role of US military physical therapists during recent combat campaigns. Physical Therapy, 93(9), 1268-1275. https://doi.org/10.2522/ptj.20120136

The role of US military physical therapists during recent combat campaigns. / Moore, Josef H.; Goffar, Stephen L.; Teyhen, Deydre S.; Pendergrass, Timothy L.; Childs, John D.; Ficke, James Robert.

In: Physical Therapy, Vol. 93, No. 9, 09.2013, p. 1268-1275.

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Moore, JH, Goffar, SL, Teyhen, DS, Pendergrass, TL, Childs, JD & Ficke, JR 2013, 'The role of US military physical therapists during recent combat campaigns', Physical Therapy, vol. 93, no. 9, pp. 1268-1275. https://doi.org/10.2522/ptj.20120136
Moore, Josef H. ; Goffar, Stephen L. ; Teyhen, Deydre S. ; Pendergrass, Timothy L. ; Childs, John D. ; Ficke, James Robert. / The role of US military physical therapists during recent combat campaigns. In: Physical Therapy. 2013 ; Vol. 93, No. 9. pp. 1268-1275.
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