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Don't know if I'm in the right section but I have a question about a possible secondary injury related to my degenerative spondylosis. Doing my physical therapy exercises (at home) I ripped my meniscus in my left knee. It's been 6 years now and it's really beginning to bother me. The doctor said before that if I have no pain, then I'm fine. (WTF). Any comments, or am I just reaching to far?

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Hey Draggon,
You might want to first check out the rating criteria for the knee. §4.71a   Schedule of ratings—musculoskeletal system. which I posted below. If you meet the criteria, then it might be worth exploring. Just remember that you will need a current diagnosis and a doc connecting it to your back. Perhaps your doc can fill out a DBQ and write an appropriate medical opinion, otherwise you will likely have to go through a C&P exam. I hope this helps!

5256   Knee, ankylosis of:  
Extremely unfavorable, in flexion at an angle of 45° or more 60
In flexion between 20° and 45° 50
In flexion between 10° and 20° 40
Favorable angle in full extension, or in slight flexion between 0° and 10° 30
5257   Knee, other impairment of:  
Recurrent subluxation or lateral instability:  
Severe 30
Moderate 20
Slight 10
5258   Cartilage, semilunar, dislocated, with frequent episodes of “locking,” pain, and effusion into the joint 20
5259   Cartilage, semilunar, removal of, symptomatic 10
5260   Leg, limitation of flexion of:  
Flexion limited to 15° 30
Flexion limited to 30° 20
Flexion limited to 45° 10
Flexion limited to 60° 0
5261   Leg, limitation of extension of:  
Extension limited to 45° 50
Extension limited to 30° 40
Extension limited to 20° 30
Extension limited to 15° 20
Extension limited to 10° 10
Extension limited to 5° 0
5262   Tibia and fibula, impairment of:  
Nonunion of, with loose motion, requiring brace 40
Malunion of:  
With marked knee or ankle disability 30
With moderate knee or ankle disability 20
With slight knee or ankle disability 10
5263   Genu recurvatum (acquired, traumatic, with weakness and insecurity in weight-bearing objectively demonstrated) 10



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Thanks bunch's that really helps.Now I only have to wait 3 mos. to see the doc. Iv'e been trying to get 100% for 40 years, maybe this will put me over the top. Thanks again Vync.

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