DOD Studies Neck, Back Pain

If you are or were a U.S. military helicopter pilot or crew member, the Department of Defense wants to know if you suffered back/neck pain or injury (not resulting from an aviation mishap) that may be related to your service in helicopters.

A Department of Defense-sponsored study is trying to understand the mechanisms of those injuries, the impact such injuries may have on operational readiness, safety and quality of life, and to identify the best options available for reducing such injuries in the future.

Researchers for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (AT&L) are urging current and former military pilots and crew members to complete a short online survey. A link to it is provided below.

Completed surveys are anonymous and should only be taken once. If you participated in a similar January 2010 Navy and Marine Corps survey, officials ask that you do not participate in this survey, as the results will be merged.

The survey will be available online through April 30, 2011.

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