The bubble wrap didn't work!

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  1. nukepharm

    nukepharm Member

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    Panicking here a little. We are on vacation and walking a lot. DS has developed knee pain. Guessing patellofemoral pain syndrome. Pain in front, buckling, slight swelling.... He has never had pain before today. He has appointment to WP. If staying off of it, icing and NSAIDS around the clock don't help by the time we get home will take him to dr for eval. What do we have to do as far as reporting and if he just needs some rest and possibly PT what will happen as far as his appointment? I know no one probably know for sure, just looking for comfort!
     
  2. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    I had a minor illness recently, and was wondering the same thing. My USAFA admissions counselor told me that it is not necessary to report illnesses/injuries that are completely gone and healed by I-Day (i.e. minor incidents), even if there is a doctor's visit + medication. Of course, I would ask your USMA counselor about any illnesses or injuries, just in case--better to be safe here than sorry. I'm not sure if USMA policies are the same as USAFA, although it wouldn't surprise me if they were.

    Also, I think it's probably best to contact the USMA Cadet Clinic directly instead of DoDMERB, which is only really relevant to candidates and not so much to appointees. Just my opinion. :thumb:

    I really hope his knee feels better soon! Many prayers heading your way! :D
     
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  3. Midwest

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    I've been working as a massage therapist for more than 20 years, so if the PT doesn't seem to bring relief, perhaps you can find a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist in your area that is certified with a National Association such as AMTA or ABMP. Generally, the most qualified therapists are those in private practice, as the Massage Envy types of franchises and spas hire the rookies right out of massage school. A licensed and qualified therapist may be able work with the soft tissue and help reduce pain. Expect to pay $50 - $80 for the session, but might be well worth the cost. Also, one of my favorite products is the 360 BioFreeze Spray for aches and muscle pains. It is well loved in the sports world and may be very handy to keep nearby, especially when there is no ice to be found.

    And then maybe you might want a RELAXATION massage to help you get through the upcoming months. ;-) Stay CALM and Get a Massage!

    AMTA - http://www.amtamassage.org/findamassage/index.html or ABMP - http://www.massagetherapy.com/find/index.php
     
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  4. mb1395

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    See a doctor as soon as you can. Only they can tell you the problem and get you the treatment you need. In your case, see a knee specialist.

    If all that is needed is rest and some PT, the academy should probably still be notified. I know of one candidate with a fracture that was set to heal before I-day, and dodmerb changed his status to incomplete pending an all clear from his doctor, which should be no trouble to get.

    When I fractured my wrist, I saw a doctor and found out I would need surgery whose recovery would put me past I-day.

    If worst comes to worst, (and I'm praying it doesn't), you would contact the cadet clinic at USMA, who would have you send paperwork from the physician's visit to DoDMERB. They would decide whether to change your status to disqualified, and then the academy could decide to give you a waiver and continue treatment while you're there (unlikely if the injury would cause you to fail to keep up).

    Either way, don't freak out yet since you don't know what the problem is for sure. If your doctor doesn't think you would be ready for I-day, that is a reason to begin to contact the academy medical liaison.

    Good luck to you, and I hope for a quick heal.
     
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    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    mb1395 is probably right on this. After I posted, I realized that since I was asking my counselor about a slight illness, his answer may have just been referring to that and not injuries. I would err on the side of caution and plan to report the injury--I don't think the odds of getting a medical DQ are as high at this stage in the game, unless there is something really major.
     
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  6. nukepharm

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    Thanks for all the responses! Hitting the panic button too fast probably, but just worried all this could fall apart real fast. I probably could seriously use a massage myself!!

    Thanks again!!
     
  7. d22

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    Oh no! Keeping your DS in my thoughts. I hope he's feeling better.

    If a massage isn't an option an adult beverage may help--both would be my preference. :)
     
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  8. 2018midmom

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    I've been thinking about you guys. Update please.
     
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