Conflicting advice: scoliosis

BoLwife

5-Year Member
I've seen conflicting advice in this forum:

1. Send DODMERB everything you think will be helpful to them in making a decision.
OR
2. Send nothing until you're instructed to do so.

Five years ago during a doctor visit, the nurse practitioner noted "mild scoliosis" of the watch and see variety. During subsequent physicals, they said it was no longer an issue. Obviously DS will say there is a history when filling out his questionnaire. My question is this: Is it worth our getting x-rays on our own to send in, or do we just wait and see what's requested, if anything?
 
I've seen conflicting advice in this forum:

1. Send DODMERB everything you think will be helpful to them in making a decision.
OR
2. Send nothing until you're instructed to do so.

Five years ago during a doctor visit, the nurse practitioner noted "mild scoliosis" of the watch and see variety. During subsequent physicals, they said it was no longer an issue. Obviously DS will say there is a history when filling out his questionnaire. My question is this: Is it worth our getting x-rays on our own to send in, or do we just wait and see what's requested, if anything?
I sent in a little extra than what was requested by the remedial (note from the doctor) and I think that was the reason why I was qualified.
 

AZWPDad04

Member
I think it depends on the stage in the process. I'd go for the minimum for the initial questionnaire and physical. When addressing a remedial, then I would including a doctor's note, good test results or something that may help them get a better picture of the situation.
 

5Day

Member
When you check yes to any of the "do you have or have you ever had" questions you will need to write an explanation. This is an opportunity to explain what you had and also why you meet the DoDMERB standard. You can find the standard here http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/613003p.pdf
Go through each of the requirements and clearly state in your explanation that they are not an issue (obviously if it is true).
For example two of the requirements for spine are (2) It requires external support. (3) It requires limitation of physical activity or frequent treatment. And your response could be, no external support is required, no physical limitations and treatment was never required. These responses are to set you up to get approved by DoDMerb by providing the information they need to determine if you meet the standard, possibly avoid the remedial and waiver process. If you make it easy for the reviewer to see that you meet all of the requirements of the standard you may be able to avoid any additional testing or correspondence.
 

Mom21

New Member
Was your child was sent to an orthopedic dr for X-rays and measurements for an official diagnosis. If it was not confirmed and there was no treatment plan then I wouldn’t even bother reporting it. No need to create a problem out of nothing. Lots of boys and girls get a puberty growth mild pre-scoliosis that pediatricians often mention and by their next apt there is no sign of it. There is a chart for what is classified as actual scoliosis, it’s been years but I want to say it’s higher then 10? If you never got that far then your child did not have scoliosis. Just a watch and see type of thing which you wouldn’t need to report.
 

time2

10-Year Member
No one on this forum works for DODMERB, so all of the input you will get are opinions. Your post was vague as to where in the DODMERB process he is, which also will cause confusion when people reply.
 

BoLwife

5-Year Member
No one on this forum works for DODMERB, so all of the input you will get are opinions. Your post was vague as to where in the DODMERB process he is, which also will cause confusion when people reply.
Thank you for the reminder to include detailed information when I ask a question. He has just started filling out the medical history questionnaire.
 
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