U.S. Navy Names DC to Musculoskeletal Board
SOURCE: Dynamic Chiropractic
With his appointment to the board, Dr. William Morgan continues building bridges for the chiropractic profession.
William Morgan, DC, has been appointed to the United States Navy’s Musculoskeletal Continuum of Care Advisory Board (MCCAB), an entity created to address the prevalent musculoskeletal injuries sustained by U.S. armed forces personnel during active-duty operations.
Dr. Morgan, who also serves on the spine subcommittee within MCCAB – members of which include orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and physical therapists – will serve as the sole chiropractic representative to MCCAB, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and the U.S. Navy. The spine committee will develop care algorithms for treating musculoskeletal and spinal conditions and in so doing, help determine the future of musculoskeletal management in the U.S. armed forces.
Addressing Musculoskeletal Health Issues in the Armed Forces
The leading cause of medical evacuation from forward-deployed units is musculoskeletal complaints, not combat wounds, with a high percentage of the complaints being back and neck pain. The MCCAB intends to develop guidelines for best practices in the management of musculoskeletal conditions through collaboration between professions, standardized metrics/outcome measurements, evidence-based practices and increased access to care.
William Morgan This is a big step for chiropractic in the armed forces. Never before has a chiropractor been on a military medical board that will have this level of strategic planning and implementation of ideas. This advisory board will make decisions about the future direction of health care within the Navy and the Marine Corps (the Navy provides the medical care for both the Navy and the Marines). The development of the board and Dr. Morgan’s appointment to it suggests the Navy’s open-mindedness in addressing the need for better management of musculoskeletal conditions. (more…)