Rates of Knee Injury in the U.S. Active Duty Army, 2000-2005

Hill, Owen T.; Kay, Ashley B.; Wahi, Monika M.; McKinnon, Craig J.; Bulathsinhala, Lakmini; Haley, Timothy F.
July 2012
Military Medicine;Jul2012, Vol. 177 Issue 7, p840
Academic Journal
We sought to summarize knee injuries (KI) in the U.S. Active Duty Army (ADA) in terms of absolute numbers, examine current rate trends, and identify ADA who were at increased risk for experiencing a KI. We used the Total Army Injury and Health Outcomes Database (TAIHOD) to compute unadjusted and adjusted rates of KI, categorized by the Barell Matrix, within the ADA for the years 2000-2005. During this period, 21 to 25 per 1,000 ADA suffered from KI. The highest yearly rates were observed for knee dislocation and sprains/strains (31 per 1,000 ADA). In ADA with a history of a KI (within 2 years), rates increased nearly tenfold. Elevated KI rates were also seen in ADA with prior upper or lower leg injuries, those >30 years of age, and those with a category IV Armed Forces Qualification Test score (lowest admissible in Army). ADA KI rates remained fairly stable throughout the study period. Relative to other ADA Soldiers, those with prior knee, upper leg, or lower leg injuries are at increased risk for subsequent KI.


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