Extremity War Injuries X: Return to Health and Function.

Abstract

The symposium Extremity War Injuries X: Return to Health and Function, presented by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Orthopaedic Research Society, was held in Washington, DC, on January 27 and 28, 2015. Course chairs Marc F. Swiontkowski, MD, and COL Jeffrey N. Davila, MD, presided over 2 days of general session lectures focusing on war/trauma-related musculoskeletal injuries resulting in service member disability, followed by small group discussions, with a goal of identifying knowledge gaps in the treatment of these injuries. Recognized civilian and military clinicians and researchers summarized the current state of knowledge in their topic areas and led these discussion groups with meeting participants. Musculoskeletal conditions discussed included posttraumatic osteoarthritis of the knee, foot, and ankle and their relationship to chronic ligament injuries; back disability; peripheral nerve injury; hand transplantation updates; the role of biologics; and prosthetic acceptance and function. A scientific program highlighting research presented by 12 investigators was led by COL (Ret) Romney C. Andersen, MD. Keynote speaker LT GEN Douglas J. Robb, MD, discussed the future of military research funding and the anticipated consolidation of medical care among the three military branches. Additional presentations referencing the impact of military medical care and the government's continued commitment to funding medical research occurred throughout the symposium and were given by five congressional representatives.

DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-15-00731

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@article{Davila2016ExtremityWI, title={Extremity War Injuries X: Return to Health and Function.}, author={Col Jeffrey N Davila and Marc F. Swiontkowski and Col Ret Romney C Andersen}, journal={The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons}, year={2016}, volume={24 9}, pages={e97-e101} }