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  1. Yeah, the nice thing I already have is service connection, now I just need to show they got worse. This doc said they were bad enough that he sent a referral for an MRI, but didnt annotate anything or write much of anything on the chart/exam.
  2. 10% for each, have limited mobility on eachone. which the doc seemed to ignore.
  3. Just got this back today, I had a pretty good idea that I was going to appeal this right after it happened just because of how the doctor did the exam, didn't measure, or do many physical exams etc. I am already service connected, was filing for an increase, here are the results from the C&P, basically looks like I won't get much from what the VA Doc wrote. My knees are pretty bad, can't do much with them. Anybody see anything I am missing: Is this DBQ being completed in conjunction with a VA 21-2507, C&P Examination Request? [X] Yes [ ] No ACE and Evidence Review ----------------------- Indicate method used to obtain medical information to complete this document: [X] In-person examination Evidence Review --------------- Evidence reviewed (check all that apply): [X] VA e-folder (VBMS or Virtual VA) [X] CPRS 1. Diagnosis ------------ a. List the claimed condition(s) that pertain to this DBQ: left, right knee b. Select diagnoses associated with the claimed condition(s) (Check all that apply): [X] Other (specify): Bilateral knee tendonitis with patellofemoral pain syndrome ICD Code: M25.569 c. Comments (if any): No response provided d. Was an opinion requested about this condition (internal VA only)? [ ] Yes [X] No [ ] N/A 2. Medical history ------------------ a. Describe the history (including onset and course) of the Veteran's knee and/or lower leg condition (brief summary): 36y Veteran w comp & pen appt, SC for bilateral knee condition(s) (claimed as left, right knee tendonitis with patellofemoral pain syndrome) Veteran continues w bilateral knee pain, right greater than left - attributed to knee condition incurred during military service. He does not recall a specific injury, however had numerous episodes of severe knee pains related to ruck marches when deployed - estimated onset mid-2007. Pain around knee caps and down shins. Reports sought medic care at FOB and painful knee problems improved w rest Ibuprofen. Apparently a diagnosis not made; h/o fracture not identified Progression in past several years - increased discomfort especially R knee Treatment: ice, ibuprofen, activity reduction Medication/Herbal/OTC: Ibuprofen prn Symptom: sharp pains, may feel stiff or tight - 'locks' Minutes up to 2 hours Severity. Reports could get up to level #4 Military Service: Army Infantry - 11 Bravo 2005 - 2009 b. Does the Veteran report flare-ups of the knee and/or lower leg? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, document the Veteran's description of the flare-ups in his or her own words: It was on Friday. I was on the elliptical. c. Does the Veteran report having any functional loss or functional impairment of the joint or extremity being evaluated on this DBQ, including but not limited to repeated use over time? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, document the Veteran's description of functional loss or functional impairment in his or her own words: Every time on the elliptical, [when] I start riding it, I feel a sharp shooting pain under the knee cap 3. Range of motion (ROM) and functional limitation -------------------------------------------------- a. Initial range of motion Right Knee ---------- [ ] All normal [X] Abnormal or outside of normal range [ ] Unable to test (please explain) [ ] Not indicated (please explain) Flexion (0 to 140): 0 to 110 degrees Extension (140 to 0): 110 to 0 degrees If abnormal, does the range of motion itself contribute to functional loss? [ ] Yes (please explain) [X] No Description of pain (select best response): Pain noted on exam but does not result in/cause functional loss If noted on exam, which ROM exhibited pain (select all that apply)? Flexion, Extension Is there evidence of pain with weight bearing? [X] Yes [ ] No Is there objective evidence of localized tenderness or pain on palpation of the joint or associated soft tissue? [X] Yes [ ] No condition(s): peri-patellar ttp Is there objective evidence of crepitus? [ ] Yes [X] No Left Knee --------- [ ] All normal [X] Abnormal or outside of normal range [ ] Unable to test (please explain) [ ] Not indicated (please explain) Flexion (0 to 140): 0 to 125 degrees Extension (140 to 0): 125 to 0 degrees If abnormal, does the range of motion itself contribute to functional loss? [ ] Yes (please explain) [X] No Description of pain (select best response): Pain noted on exam but does not result in/cause functional loss If noted on exam, which ROM exhibited pain (select all that apply)? Flexion Is there evidence of pain with weight bearing? [ ] Yes [X] No Is there objective evidence of localized tenderness or pain on palpation of the joint or associated soft tissue? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe including location, severity and relationship to condition(s): infra-patellar ttp Is there objective evidence of crepitus? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Observed repetitive use Right Knee ---------- Is the Veteran able to perform repetitive use testing with at least three repetitions? [X] Yes [ ] No Is there additional functional loss or range of motion after three repetitions? [ ] Yes [X] No Left Knee --------- Is the Veteran able to perform repetitive use testing with at least three repetitions? [X] Yes [ ] No Is there additional functional loss or range of motion after three repetitions? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Repeated use over time Right Knee ---------- Is the Veteran being examined immediately after repetitive use over time? [X] Yes [ ] No Does pain, weakness, fatigability or incoordination significantly limit functional ability with repeated use over a period of time? [X] Yes [ ] No [ ] Unable to say w/o mere speculation Select all factors that cause this functional loss: Pain Able to describe in terms of range of motion: [ ] Yes [X] No If no, please describe: Neither Veteran nor examiner is able to specify additional limitation of range of motion without resorting to mere speculation due to constraints of discomfort limiting exam Left Knee --------- Is the Veteran being examined immediately after repetitive use over time? [X] Yes [ ] No Does pain, weakness, fatigability or incoordination significantly limit functional ability with repeated use over a period of time? [ ] Yes [X] No [ ] Unable to say w/o mere speculation d. Flare-ups Right Knee ---------- Is the exam being conducted during a flare-up? [ ] Yes [X] No If the examination is not being conducted during a flare-up: [X] The examination is medically consistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. [ ] The examination is medically inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. Please explain. [ ] The examination is neither medically consistent or inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. Does pain, weakness, fatigability or incoordination significantly limit functional ability with flare-ups? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] Unable to say w/o mere speculation Left Knee --------- Is the exam being conducted during a flare-up? [ ] Yes [X] No with If the examination is not being conducted during a flare-up: [X] The examination is medically consistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. [ ] The examination is medically inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. Please explain. [ ] The examination is neither medically consistent or inconsistent the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. Does pain, weakness, fatigability or incoordination significantly limit functional ability with flare-ups? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] Unable to say w/o mere speculation If unable to say w/o mere speculation, please explain: Neither Veteran nor examiner is able to specify additional limitation without resorting to mere speculation e. Additional factors contributing to disability Right Knee ---------- In addition to those addressed above, are there additional contributing factors of disability? Please select all that apply and describe: None Left Knee --------- In addition to those addressed above, are there additional contributing factors of disability? Please select all that apply and describe: None 4. Muscle strength testing -------------------------- a. Muscle strength - Rate strength according to the following scale: 0/5 No muscle movement 1/5 Palpable or visible muscle contraction, but no joint movement 2/5 Active movement with gravity eliminated 3/5 Active movement against gravity 4/5 Active movement against some resistance 5/5 Normal strength Right Knee: Rate Strength: Flexion: 5/5 Extension: 5/5 Is there a reduction in muscle strength? [ ] Yes [X] No Left Knee: Rate Strength: Flexion: 5/5 Extension: 5/5 Is there a reduction in muscle strength? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Does the Veteran have muscle atrophy? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Comments, if any: No response provided 5. Ankylosis ------------ Complete this section if the Veteran has ankylosis of the knee and/or lower leg. a. Indicate severity of ankylosis and side affected (check all that apply): Right Side: [ ] Favorable angle in full extension or in slight flexion between 0 and 10 degrees [ ] In flexion between 10 and 20 degrees [ ] In flexion between 20 and 45 degrees [ ] Extremely unfavorable, in flexion at an angle of 45 degrees or more [X] No ankylosis Left Side: [ ] Favorable angle in full extension or in slight flexion between 0 and 10 degrees [ ] In flexion between 10 and 20 degrees [ ] In flexion between 20 and 45 degrees [ ] Extremely unfavorable, in flexion at an angle of 45 degrees or more [X] No ankylosis b. Indicate angle of ankylosis in degrees: No response provided c. Comments, if any: No response provided 6. Joint stability tests ------------------------ a. Is there a history of recurrent subluxation? Right: [X] None [ ] Slight [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Left: [X] None [ ] Slight [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe b. Is there a history of lateral instability? Right: [X] None [ ] Slight [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Left: [X] None [ ] Slight [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe c. Is there a history of recurrent effusion? [ ] Yes [X] No d. Performance of joint stability testing Right Knee: Was joint stability testing performed? [X] Yes [ ] No [ ] Not indicated [ ] Indicated, but not able to perform If joint stability testing was performed is there joint instability? [ ] Yes [X] No If yes (joint stability testing was performed), complete the section below: - Anterior instability (Lachman test) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Posterior instability (Posterior drawer test) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Medial instability (Apply valgus pressure to knee in extension and with 30 degrees of flexion) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Lateral instability (Apply varus pressure to knee in extension and with 30 degrees of flexion) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) Left Knee: Was joint stability testing performed? [X] Yes [ ] No [ ] Not indicated [ ] Indicated, but not able to perform If joint stability testing was performed is there joint instability? [ ] Yes [X] No If yes (joint stability testing was performed), complete the section below: - Anterior instability (Lachman test) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Posterior instability (Posterior drawer test) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Medial instability (Apply valgus pressure to knee in extension and with 30 degrees of flexion) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Lateral instability (Apply varus pressure to knee in extension and with 30 degrees of flexion) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) e. Comments, if any: No response provided 7. Additional conditions ------------------------ a. Does the Veteran now have or has he or she ever had recurrent patellar dislocation, "shin splints" (medial tibial stress syndrome), stress fractures, chronic exertional compartment syndrome or any other tibial and/or fibular impairment? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Comments, if any: No response provided 8. Meniscal conditions ---------------------- No response provided 9. Surgical procedures ---------------------- No response provided 10. Other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs, symptoms and scars ------------------------------------------------------------------------ a. Does the Veteran have any other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs or symptoms related to any conditions listed in the Diagnosis Section above? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe (brief summary): BP: 135/80 (01/14/2019 07:51) Pulse: 70 (01/14/2019 07:51) Resp: 16 (01/14/2019 07:51) Temp: 97.4 F [36.3 C] (01/14/2019 07:51) PULSE OXIMETRY: 96 BMI: 32.0 b. Does the Veteran have any scars (surgical or otherwise) related to any conditions or to the treatment of any conditions listed in the Diagnosis Section above? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Comments, if any: No response provided 11. Assistive devices --------------------- a. Does the Veteran use any assistive device(s) as a normal mode of locomotion, although occasional locomotion by other methods may be possible? [ ] Yes [X] No b. If the Veteran uses any assistive devices, specify the condition and identify the assistive device used for each condition: No response provided 12. Remaining effective function of the extremities --------------------------------------------------- Due to the Veteran's knee and/or lower leg condition(s), is there functional 13. Diagnostic testing ---------------------- a. Have imaging studies of the knee been performed and are the results available? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, is degenerative or traumatic arthritis documented? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Are there any other significant diagnostic test findings and/or results? [ ] Yes [X] No c. If any test results are other than normal, indicate relationship of abnormal findings to diagnosed conditions: No response provided 14. Functional impact --------------------- Regardless of the Veteran's current employment status, do the condition(s) listed in the Diagnosis Section impact his or her ability to perform any type of occupational task (such as standing, walking, lifting, sitting, etc.)? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe the functional impact of each condition, providing one or more examples: Impact for strenuous weight bearing such as running or prolonged climbing activities 15. Remarks, if any: -------------------- For any joint condition, examiners should test the contralateral joint unless medically contraindicated, and the examiner should address pain on both passive and active motion, and on both weight bearing and non-weight bearing. In addition to the questions on the DBQ, please respond to the following questions: 1.Is there evidence of pain on passive range of motion testing? No 2.Is there evidence of pain when the joint is used in non-weight bearing?No 3.If yes, is the opposing joint undamaged (i.e. no abnormalities)? n/a
  4. I guess my question was more directed to what is the doctor going to do; as far as measurements, how are thr y supposed to do them. What is the actual physical exam going to entail.
  5. I was originally granted service connection for my knees almost ten years ago for knee pain. I'm about two weeks I have another exam after requesting an increase. Does anyone know a good resource to look through for what to expect during the c and p exam?
  6. Thanks for both the answer. Sorry, been absurdly busy. Met with the VSO today, he submitted a request for all the files and Ill meet him and go over it. Probaly going to appeal it, and then ask for another exam on my knees, depending what the files say.
  7. I recently applied for an increase in claims, one of the items I got back from the VA was a denial of hearing loss. Have a meeting with the vso next week to start the appeal process. I called the VA for my C-File. Any advice on this? page 1 and 2
  8. Okay, I already have the machine. just need to make sure I readjust the claim? any other suggestions?
  9. Okay, I think Im following. I just need to go to the C&P exam let them know the new symptoms I am experiencing, and go from there? Thanks for your help by the way.
  10. If I was already given service connected, do I still need to prove that? What do you mean by aggravation?
  11. I have a VA diagnosis for both sleep apnea and insomnia, was rated for it when I got out. Just at a 0%, so its already service connected. Is the doc the one that provides the link?
  12. Back in 2010 I was rated 0% with Adjustment disorder with anxiety, along with some other physical things. I have another Mental C and P exam on Monday. Since then, I have been diagnosed with Insomnia and Sleep Apnea. Both of which lead to the daily gammit of tiredness, depression, etc. I see a Va thearpist weekly. Just want to make sure my claim is compensated correctly. Any advice from people that have been in this boat?
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