Fairchild Air Force Base offers comprehensive physical therapy services.
Injury prevention directly supports mission readiness. When service members are injured in the workplace, training, recreating or other circumstances, it impacts their ability to complete their mission.
- Recovery, resiliency, durability and final outcome of a preventable injury can impact short-term and future mission capability.
- As many as 50% of service members experience an injury every year. Not all injuries can be avoided, but many common injuries can be prevented.
- An Army study found that noncombat musculoskeletal injuries (MSKI) account for nearly 60% of soldiers' limited duty days, and contribute to 65% of soldiers who cannot deploy for medical reasons.
- MSKIs occur over time and result in permanent damage to muscles, tendons, tendon sheaths and related bones, muscles and nerves, which can end in permanent disability.
- Injuries affect readiness through increased limited duty days, decreased deployability rates, and increased medical separation rates.
- Most of these injuries do not result in death or hospitalization but rather in emergency or urgent care, rehabilitation, and loss of mission.