I know it is not considered one of the compensatable diseases caused by agent orange, but has anyone ever been given a disability rating for ostearthritis?
My husband has a service connected back injury w/ arthritis that is rated at 10%. He just had a total knee replacement a week ago. He needs to have his other knee replaced, & his shoulders. He has no cartlidge left in his thumbs and more arthritis in his feet.
Is there any chance a doctor would ever connect the rest of his arthritis in his body with the original service connected back injury which resulted in the injured area becoming arthritic?
He had a spinal MRI done recently which showed DDD, bulging discs, arthritis and spurs. Is it worth asking for an increase in his rating?
Most people have artheritis...i am a vietvet with the same.I was given kenolog shots to reduce painful joint and bone swelling so i could walk...Is it possible that Vets painful conditions may have been made worse by Dioxin poison that weakens the bodies immune system?AO caused the now 15 diseases to emerge,where they may not have ,with out Dioxin.Will there be other issues connected to AO and combat service...who knows...is it more likely than not that more issues may get connected?I would think so ,given the high degree of toxicity given to Dioxin and its other code names of blue ,red etc...but Be aware that VA will only pay for service connected issues..they will however treat any illness a vet has that needs medical attention ...we did serve with honor and it should be an honor for VA to serve veterans health needs.
Yes, it is worthwhile applying for an upgrade for the back. I do not think you can get from the back to the hand, but they may rate the knee as secondary. He needs to talk with a VSO and his doctor to file for a increase.
In this case, the question for the doctor is did my husbands back problem cause his knee problem. Probably not, but only a doctor can answer the question. If the answer is yes, then it is time to talk to a Service Officer to help with the claim. I would go ahead and talk to a Service Officer about an increase for the back, and mention this issue. As I said, it will take a strong medical opinion backed up by studies to justify a connection for secondary disability.