Limits on spine curvature? Scoliosis limitations?

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  1. abeastlybeast

    abeastlybeast USMA Class of 2015

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    I recently got an x-ray of my spine and I was informed I have a 17 degree curve (I think?) in my spine. Will this limit me in the physical examination I have to take? Will the service academies turn down candidates that have scoliosis, even if it's only slight and not serious? It does not affect me physically at all. Thanks.
     
  2. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    Your best bet is to contact Mr. Larry Mullen by email. He is the deputy director of DODMERB and his contact info is in the DodMERB board.
     
  3. solon

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    Hey-how did your physical turn out? I too have a 17 thoracic (upper) curve. Doesn't affect ability at all.
     
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    abeastlybeast USMA Class of 2015

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    I was qualified at my medical exams despite the curve, so it shouldn't be a problem for you. However, I wasn't entirely sure what my degree of curvature was when I posted this. If your spine's curvature is not severe it probably won't pose a problem.
     
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    I believe that most people have curvature of the spine to small degrees. But then again, contact Mr. Larry Mullen to double check.
     
  6. solon

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    Wow. Thanks for posting. This is really encouraging. My curve has some twisting so I have a little rib cage deformity. An Army doctor at Shriner's called it within normal range (it was a total fluke that I saw an Army guy). I won't be concerned about it until I have my medical next summer.
    Congrats, Beastly, on your appointment!
     
  7. abeastlybeast

    abeastlybeast USMA Class of 2015

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    If an Army doctor classified your curvature as normal, don't fret over being disqualified. If the DoDMERB forms require information, mention your condition but be brief about it. Too much detail usually raises unnecessary questions from doctors. If you're not limited physically by your curvature, then don't convey a concerned attitude about your condition. Good luck with your medical exams. And thank you! Hope you are as lucky as I am when you are finished applying.
     
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    jake s USMA Cadet

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    This is spot on for how one should approach filling out the dodmerb forms. Nice job abeastlybeast!
     
  9. MullenLE

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    Actually, "spot on advice" is to be given by me and me alone when it comes to DoDMERB. As I've been the Deputy Director for 19 years, folks would be better served to avoid opinions and contact me directly. Solon will be doing that. Thx:thumb:
     
  10. jake s

    jake s USMA Cadet

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    Mr. Mullen--

    You are an invaluable resource to this community. I personally recieved great help from you while going through the DODMERB process. Thank you for taking the time to help out us candidates.

    I will make sure to refer any DODMERB-related questions I see towards your direction in the future:thumb:
     
  11. abeastlybeast

    abeastlybeast USMA Class of 2015

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    I agree with Jake. Thank you Mr. Mullen for your prompt assistance. You also helped me immensely with the DoDMERB process; I appreciate all you do for candidates.
     

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