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Physical Disability

In this topic section, you can learn about several different types of physical disabilities and how the MHS supports patients with those conditions.

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The LUKE Arm: Fulfilling a Promise to Wounded Warriors

Video
12/29/2016
The LUKE Arm: Fulfilling a Promise to Wounded Warriors

The holiday season is bringing high-tech offerings for U.S. war veterans this year in the form of sophisticated bionic arms developed under the direction of DARPA's Revolutionizing Prosthetics program.

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Warrior Care | Extremities Loss | Physical Disability | Clinical Affairs

Women face unique challenges when getting a prosthesis

Article
10/21/2016
Army Spc. Cherdale Allen shows off two of her prosthetic legs: one for walking and the other for high heels.

For military women who have to get a prosthesis, there are considerations unique to them. Among them are a more natural look and a prosthesis that works with traditional women’s fashions.

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Women's Health | Warrior Care | Physical Disability | Extremities Loss

San Antonio Spurs spend time with warriors, play wheelchair basketball

Article
10/28/2015
San Antonio Spurs forward, Tim Duncan, congratulates a wounded warrior after a game of wheelchair basketball at the Center for the Intrepid. (U.S. Army photo by Robert Shields)

Sixteen members of the San Antonio Spurs came to the Warrior and Family Support Center to serve lunch, sign autographs, and mingle with warriors and their families. Later they made their way to the Center for the Intrepid to visit with wounded service members and play wheelchair basketball.

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Warrior Care | Physical Disability | Physical Activity

DoD Instruction 6040.44: Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR)

Policy

This instruction establishes policies, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for PDBR operation and management as required by section 1554a of Title 10, United States Code (Reference (c)).

  • Identification #: DoD Instruction 6040.44
  • Date: 7/2/2015
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: Physical Disability

Patient Global Impression Change Scale

Form/Template
5/1/2015

Form filled out by patients to rate their changes in activity, symptoms, emotions and quality of life.

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Conditions and Treatments | Health Readiness | Physical Disability | Traumatic Brain Injury

Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory Form

Form/Template
4/30/2015

Form used by providers to question patients about their symptoms

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Conditions and Treatments | Physical Disability | Traumatic Brain Injury | Health Readiness

Military Acute Concussion Evaluation 2012

Form/Template
4/30/2015

Use this form to screen for concussions

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Conditions and Treatments | Physical Disability | Traumatic Brain Injury | Health Readiness

Decision Brief on Sustainment and Advancement of Amputee Care

Presentation
2/11/2015

Decision Brief on Sustainment and Advancement of Amputee Care presented to the Defense Health Board

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Health Care Delivery Subcommittee Update on Sustainment and Advancement of Amputee Care

Presentation
11/6/2014

Health Care Delivery Subcommittee Update on Sustainment and Advancement of Amputee Care presented to the Defense Health Board

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Physical Disability | Warrior Care

Trauma and Injury Subcommittee Update Theater Trauma Lessons Learned Tasking

Presentation
6/3/2014

Trauma and Injury Subcommittee Update presented to the Defense Health Board

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Warrior Care | Extremities Loss | Physical Disability

Physical Disability Board of Review Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
5/7/2014

The Physical Disability Board of Review, or PDBR, was legislated by Congress and implemented by the Department of Defense to ensure the accuracy and fairness of combined disability ratings of 20% or less assigned to service members who were discharged between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009. The PDBR uses medical information provided by the ...

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Physical Disability Board of Review | Physical Disability | Conditions and Treatments | PDBR Application Process | PDBR Outcome

Neuroimaging following TBI in non deployed setting

Form/Template
7/8/2013

The guidance contained in this CR represents a review of currently published literature and expert contributions obtained by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in collaboration with clinical subject matter experts representing the Services, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), academic, ...

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Health Readiness | Conditions and Treatments | Physical Disability | Traumatic Brain Injury

DCoE Concussion Management Algorithm Cards

Form/Template
10/8/2012

Combat Medic/Corpsman Algorithm Card to diagnose a concussion in a deployed setting

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Conditions and Treatments | Physical Disability | Traumatic Brain Injury | Health Readiness

Indications and Conditions for In-Theater Post-Injury Neurocognitive Assessment Tool (NCAT) Testing

Report
5/31/2011

In accordance with Section 1673 of the NDAA HR 4986, signed into law in January of 2008, the Secretary of Defense was instructed to establish a protocol for the pre-deployment assessment and documentation of the cognitive functioning of Service Members deployed outside the United States.

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DoD Instruction 6040.44: Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR)

Policy

This instruction establishes establish policies, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for PDBR operation and management as required by section 1554a of Title 10, United States Code.

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