Prevalence of painful musculoskeletal conditions in female and male veterans in 7 years after return from deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences



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Adult; *Afghan Campaign 2001-; Arthralgia; Female; Humans; *Iraq War, 2003-2011; Male; Prevalence; Risk Assessment; Risk Factors; Sex Distribution; United States; Veterans


Military and Veterans Studies | Musculoskeletal Diseases | Women's Health


BACKGROUND: We sought to describe sex differences in the prevalence of painful musculoskeletal conditions in men and women Veterans after deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) (OEF-OIF). METHODS: This is an observational study using Veterans Affairs (VA) administrative and clinical databases of OEF-OIF Veterans who had enrolled in and used VA care. The prevalence of back problems, musculoskeletal conditions, and joint disorders was determined at years 1 through 7 after deployment for female and male Veterans using ICD-9 code groupings for these conditions. RESULTS: Female Veterans were younger (mean age 29 vs. 30, P

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Citation: Clin J Pain. 2012 Feb;28(2):163-7. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e318223d951. Link to article on publisher's site

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musculoskeletal pain, veterans, women's health

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