TITLE

Conservative management of uncomplicated mechanical neck pain in a military aviator

AUTHOR(S)
Green, Bart N.; Dunn, Andrew S.; Pearce, Solomon M.; Johnson, Claire D.
PUB. DATE
June 2010
SOURCE
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;Jun2010, Vol. 54 Issue 2, p92
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Non-radicular neck pain arising from local musculoskeletal structures, known as mechanical neck pain or somatic dysfunction, is highly prevalent in the fighter jet aviator population. The management of this problem includes both therapeutic and aeromedical decisions. In addition to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, waiver guides recommend therapeutic exercise and manipulative therapy as treatments for somatic spine pain in aviators, and such treatments are employed in many military locations. However, there are currently no published studies that describe the use of manipulative therapy for fighter jet aviators. We report the case of an F/A-18 instructor pilot who experienced long-term relief of uncomplicated mechanical neck pain following interdisciplinary management that included manipulation and a home exercise program. Diagnostic considerations, conservative treatment options, and aeromedical concerns are discussed.
ACCESSION #
52213846

 

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