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Shoulder Dislocations Plague US Military

Incidence rate is high, especially among men, whites, Army members and younger soldiers

FRIDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- In the U.S. military population, shoulder dislocation is an endemic problem, according to a report published in the April issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

Brett D. Owens, M.D., of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, and colleagues analyzed 1998-2006 data from the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database.

Overall, the researchers found an incidence rate of 1.69 dislocations per 1,000 person-years. They also found that men had a significantly higher incidence rate than women (1.82 versus 0.90), and that white and "other race" service members had significantly higher incidence rates than black service members (1.78 and 1.59, respectively, versus 1.41). Other significant predictors of shoulder dislocation were service in the Army, junior enlisted rank, and an age under 30 years, the report indicates.

"While this may not be generalizable to the general U.S. population, this incidence rate may be reflective of young, athletic cohorts. An improved understanding of the demographic groups at risk can be used to develop future preventive strategies," the authors conclude.

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