Volume 49 Number 8, 2012
Pages 1191 — 1196
Abstract — Rehabilitation of injured U.S. servicemember with traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and bilateral amputations: A case report
Ajit B. Pai, MD;1–2* Nicholas R. Jasper, MD;3 David X. Cifu, MD2,4
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, Hunter Holmes McGuire Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Richmond, VA; 2
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; 3
Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists–Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, York, PA; 4
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, Veterans Health Administration, Richmond, VA
Abstract–The complexity of injuries that can arise from combat situations, specifically as a result of the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom conflicts, is challenging. As injured troops leave the war zone early for medical care, they are treated by an interwoven system of care that includes both the Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration. Physicians across these settings are increasingly faced with patients who have multiple rehabilitation diagnoses as a result of the severity of blast injuries; therefore, the importance of active communication across the system must be highlighted. This case describes the seamless transition of an injured soldier across the continuum of care.
Key words: Active Duty, amputation, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, polytrauma, rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, veteran.
Contents Vol. 49, No. 8
This article and any supplementary material should be
cited as follows:
Pai AB, Jasper NR, Cifu DX. Rehabilitation of injured U.S. servicemember with traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and bilateral amputations: A case report. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(8):1191–96.
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