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Mil Med. 2015 Oct;180(10):e1132-5. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00712.

Manual Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain in an F-5 Pilot.

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1
Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, 4755 Pasture Road, Fallon, NV 89406-5000.
2
Walter Reed National Medical Center, 8901 Rockville Park, Bethesda, MD 20889.
3
Department of Emergency Medicine, Naval Medical Center, 34800 Bob Wilson Door, San Diego, CA 92134.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Low back pain (LBP) in the aviator can be a significant safety risk because of distraction during flight. Flight Surgeons are tasked with seeking out appropriate medical care that reduces pilot risk while providing squadron-specific mission support.

CASE:

An F-5 pilot presented with chronic LBP seeking nonpharmacological and noninvasive therapy. After 3 days of manual treatment that corrected sacral, pelvic, and lumbar dysfunction, this pilot reported greater than 80% reduction in overall pain and was able to return to flight.

DISCUSSION:

Although underreported, a radiographic study and multiple case reports, identify LBP as a significant problem among tactical air (tac air) pilots. As such, LBP can become an in-flight distraction increasing the risk of a mishap. Benefits of osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) as an adjunct to treatment of LBP in civilian population were recently demonstrated. This case identified a tac air pilot with chronic LBP that responded to three OMT sessions focused at the sacrum, lumbar, and pelvis.

CONCLUSION:

The use of manual therapy in the form of OMT significantly reduced this pilot's pain in three visits and maintained flight status per aeromedical waiver guidelines.

PMID:
26444483
DOI:
10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00712
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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