U.S. and Estonia Strengthen Collaboration in Military Rehabilitation

Friday, June 14, 2019

The United States Air Force in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) Command Surgeon, the Estonian Defense Forces, the Medical Rehabilitation Clinic, and the East Tallinn Central Hospital are co-hosting the International Military Rehabilitation Symposium in Tallinn June 19-20.  Representatives from Romania, Lithuania, Georgia, Ukraine, and the UK will also participate in the program, which will serve as a forum for international military rehabilitation specialists to share information, strengthen cooperation, and develop stronger working relations.

The exchange will feature lecture and presentations on the theme, “Today’s Impact & Tomorrow’s Opportunities.”  Discussions will include a variety of topics, including targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) to improve the control of upper limb prostheses, evidence-based models of injury prevention to understand risk factors and decrease the number of patients requiring rehabilitation treatment, lessons learned in physical therapy in deployed environment, the future of rehabilitation and technology use to improve patients’ outcomes, and diagnosis/rehabilitation treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post-traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Cooperation between Estonian and American military personnel underlines not just our relationship as NATO Allies, but as close friends looking to serve our returning soldiers with the most up to date treatments and therapies available.  The U.S and Estonia routinely identify areas of medical cooperation that will enhance the overall knowledge, skills, and abilities of our professional forces and civilian counterparts from both countries.