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Shoulder Injury - Muscle or Joint?

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glen ellen


I am having a shoulder injury rated.  Are shoulders rated on the joint as well as the muscle?  It appears muscle injuries rate a higher percentage than joint injuries.  Are the damages stacked?  For example, if I am 20% shoulder and 20% joint, will that be 30% (or 40%, I have not done the math) or will they only accept one?  


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These are good questions.  Once service connected, you are rated on "symptoms" such as pain, loss of range of motion, loss of use, etc.  You only get paid for "one" set of symptoms.  

So, if your "knee" causes you pain, that is a symptom.  Whether that pain originates from "muscle", "ligament", or "bone" tissue, you still only get paid for "one" pain.  You dont get paid for knee "joint" pain, and from knee "muscle" pain and again from knee ligament pain.  

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Much like my shoulder injury it was based on the ROM nothing really about the muscle other then stating my pain was a factor...

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