History of shoulder subluxation waiver

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  1. frenzymando

    frenzymando Banned

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    I have been DQ'd for history of shoulder subluxation. Has anyone ever gotten a waiver for this/heard of someone receiving a waiver for this?

    I have fully recovered from the injury and it happened last October, so a little bit less than a year ago.
     
  2. bookreader

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    Sorry you are dealing with this frenzymando. I will encourage you to try for a waiver. I'm sure that reading past posts here you'll read good advice and tips on the best way to do this.
     
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    Frenzy, I am sorry to hear about your need for a waiver. I hope it turns out in your favor.
     
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    I always notice these threads about shoulder subluxation, because I "dislocated" mine three times between the ages of 17 and 21. Had the surgery at 22. That was 37 years ago when (thank goodness) they began to stop using pins. My shoulder has total strength and mobility. I am sure your orthopod informed you that with each dislocation, the next one becomes easier to happen. This is a recommendation for surgery.

    To your question, it seems to me that this issue has been addressed on this form. I believe that waivers have been given after the surgery and physical therapy were completed and the physician signed off on it.

    Try searching it here and best of luck.

    Sorry to hear about it. DS was medically DQ'd several years ago.
     
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    Mine was really minor so I didn't get surgery. My doctor gave me exercises to do on my own to strengthen my shoulder muscles and I did them and it never popped out again. I had a follow up visit a couple months ago and the doctor said I was completely recovered and I shouldn't encounter any more issues with it. Do you think the fact that I didn't have surgery and that I didn't do physical therapy(unless you count the exercises I was given to do on my own) will make it difficult for me to get the waiver? I asked the doctor about having surgery on it and he said he could do surgery if I wanted him to but he strongly recommended me against it because he said there wasn't really anything for him to repair since I had completely recovered and the condition was so minor. I did 18 pull ups and 75 push ups(those are the max scores) on the CFA so I don't feel like I'm limited at all by it. I have also played football and basketball for the last year with no issues.

    Did your DS get the waiver?
     
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    I would think that a letter from you dr stating that you did the required exercises and that in his medical opinion you are completely healed from the injury should be all you need for DoDMERB.
    Perhaps your WP liaision can assist you in this matter.
     
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    Here I did the search for you.

    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/index.php?search/2299425/&q=subluxation&o=date&c[node]=20

    You may be able to find posters who have gone through the process, but remember each case is different.

    My DS had an eye injury. Like you, he was given a clean bill of health by his MD in March, but DoDMERB wanted to wait one full year before even considering a waiver, with of course no guarantee, even if he received another clean bill of health after that year.

    It is good to know that your Orthopod will only operate if it is medically necessary. Mine waited until after my third dislocation before doing surgery.

    My advice is to do what your MD says and to try to get kp2001's attention on this forum. He is the real deal--an SA grad, Flight Surgeon and, I think, had some association with DoDMERB. We shared with him everything from DS's Optho, and everything from the Optho to kp2001, who happens to be an Optho. He was very helpful to us, even though it didn't result in the outcome we wanted.

    Go to this:

    http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/613003p.pdf

    and about half way down page 34 you will see shoulder subluxation as a condition which does not meet "The medical standards for appointment, enlistment, or induction into the Military Services." There are waivers, but this unfortunately is your starting point.

    I know it stinks, but don't give up.

    Best of luck!
     
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    USMA granted me a waiver yesterday! Still waiting for a decision from USNA. USNA asked for a remedial(I haven't given them to additional information they have requested yet), USMA did not ask for a remedial.
     
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