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Air Force Flying Physical

Medical Examination Standards

Spine and Other Musculoskeletal.

History of disease or injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints, either with or with out objective signs, which has prevented the examinee from successfully following a physi cally active lifestyle.

Arthritis of the spine, all types.

Lumbar scoliosis of more than 20 degrees or thoracic scoliosis of more than 25 degrees as measured by the Cobb method

Abnormal curvature of the spine of any degree in which there is a noticeable deformity when the examinee is dressed, in which pain or interference with function is present, or which is progresstve.
Symptomatic spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis.

History of frank herniated nucleus pulposus or history of surgery or chemonu cleolysis for that condition.

Fractures or dislocations of the vertebrae. Compression fractures more than 25 percent or of more than a single vertebra may be considered for categorical IIB waiver. His tory of fractures of the transverse processes is not disqualifying if asymptomatic.

Spina bifida when more than one vertebra is involved, if there is dimpling of the overlying skin, or a history of surgical repair for spina bifida.

Juvenile epiphysitis with any degree of residual change indicated by x-ray or kyphosis.

Weak or painful back requiring external support.

Recurrent disabling low back pain due to any cause.
Any surgical fusion.

Information derived from Air Force Instruction 48-23, Current as of Dec 2000.

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