Spinal Injuries Very Common in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been devastating in more ways than one. According to new research, these wars also resulted in more numbers of spinal injuries involving veterans, compared to earlier wars.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been devastating in more ways than one. According to new research, these wars also resulted in more numbers of spinal injuries involving veterans, compared to earlier wars.

According to the research, which was based on an analysis of Department Of Defense casualty records from between 2005 and 2009, as many as one in nine American troops suffered a spinal injury during these two wars. In fact according to the analysis, spinal injuries were involved in approximately 11 percent of the nearly 7,900 troops, who are believed to have been injured in these two combat zones.

In more than 80% of the spinal injury cases, veterans suffered spinal fractures. Approximately 75% of all spinal injuries involving veterans in these two combat zones were the result of explosions. Approximately 15% of the injuries were the result of gunshots.

The analysis also comes up with some other very disturbing findings. According to the analysis, approximately 3% of soldiers who suffered spinal injuries died as a result of their injuries, even after receiving medical care. That number does not include the number of veterans who died before they received medical care.

Obviously, the impact of spinal injuries on our servicemen and servicewomen is devastating, and more research needs to be done on why these injuries seem to have increased in these two zones.  The rate of spinal injuries was approximately 4.4 injuries per 10,000 American military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the case of spinal fractures, the rate was four per 10,000 military personnel.

According to military personnel, the rate of spinal injuries in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts is as much as 10 times higher, than the number of spinal injuries that were sustained in the Vietnam War.

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