Military, Public Service

Helicopter Seating Forum Examines Back Pain

By By Chris Sheppard, Associate Editor | July 27, 2011

Attack, Emergency Medical Service

The health and mission effects of helicopter pilots and crewmembers who suffer from back and neck pain due to flying is taking center stage during the Rotary-Wing Aircraft Seating Forum, held Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Speakers from military and scientific industries presented findings—as well as personal experiences—in regards to back pain. Presenters identified many contributing factors to back and neck pain, including long flights, vibration, heavy equipment and poor seating. One of the more striking figures noted on Tuesday involves a survey of more than 500 Sikorsky MH-60 pilots—at least 50 percent of respondents reported experiencing at least some back pain during their flights. “Our warfighters are screaming for relief,” said RaNae Contarino with event sponsor, R Cubed Consulting. Tuesday’s portion of the forum also featured a panel of military experts from various branches of the armed services.

Look for the full report from the Rotary-Wing Aircraft Seating Forum in next week’s R&W Collective. Subscribe to The Collective today!

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