Physical therapy for pain in hip

IMB27Mom

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My daughter needs physical therapy to help with hip pain. She is concerned this could hurt her on the medical exam because it would be in her medical records. I'm thinking it would be a good thing to get rid of the pain before she applies. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!
 

AROTC-dad

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5-Year Member
PT itself should not DQ your daughter.

What WILL disqualify her and prevent a waiver is the lack of an unconditional release from whatever non-permanent injury she may have sustained.

If she doesn't get the PT help, and she ends up with a permanent limit on her range of motion, she may end up with no military future anyways.

Her overall health should be first priority, regardless of the impact on any military career.
 

IMB27Mom

Member
PT itself should not DQ your daughter.

What WILL disqualify her and prevent a waiver is the lack of an unconditional release from whatever non-permanent injury she may have sustained.

If she doesn't get the PT help, and she ends up with a permanent limit on her range of motion, she may end up with no military future anyways.

Her overall health should be first priority, regardless of the impact on any military career.
That's what I was thinking, the pain needs to be treated and resolved. Thank you for responding.
 

AROTC-dad

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5-Year Member
I strongly recommend that you use a physician who has a background in the military. That way s/he will use the most clear cut terminology that accurately describes the diagnosis in a DoDMERB friendly way.
 

IMB27Mom

Member
I strongly recommend that you use a physician who has a background in the military. That way s/he will use the most clear cut terminology that accurately describes the diagnosis in a DoDMERB friendly way.
How do we find a Dr with a military background? She's just a sophomore in high school but every move she makes is with the USNA in mind.
 

Sydney C.

5-Year Member
My two cents on this as my own DS has gone through some of this (ironically with hip) is that while getting a physician, in this case an orthopedic surgeon, with a military background is ideal, what's more imortant is getting an orthopod who specializes in hip injuries and treatments as not all do.

Your DD is only a sophomore in high school right provider to accurately diagnose and treat her injuries...as noted by all above...is paramount to and supersedes everything else. As AROTC dad notes, nothing is more important than her health and seeking and obtaining the best care you find is the best way to get her better faster and put her in a position to be medically ready when the time comes.
 

5Day

Member
My daughter needs physical therapy to help with hip pain.
How does your DD know she needs physical therapy? It is not the physical therapy that is the issue, but rather the underlying condition that is requiring the PT. Who diagnosed the problem and recommended the PT? If it is just a sore hip or a contusion, then no problem, but if it is something more serious than she may already need to report it regardless of PT. There are 2 questions on the medical history form http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/forms/eforms/dd2492.pdf that could apply. 50. Any bone or joint problem, injuries, surgery or medical treatment and 78. Consulted, or been treated by clinics, hospitals, physicians, healers or other practitioners for other than minor illnesses. Is it a minor illness, is a problem or injury?

IMHO get the hip take care of. Get and document a definitive diagnosis (hopefully it is something simple like a sore hip) and after everything is healed get document from a physician that says the condition is fully resolved and will not reoccur.
 

nolamomma

Member
I strongly recommend that you use a physician who has a background in the military. That way s/he will use the most clear cut terminology that accurately describes the diagnosis in a DoDMERB friendly way.
This is wonderful advise. We lived outside of Annapolis and my DD pediatrician was at the Yard. Everything he did was documented in way that was honest but also fit within the DoDMERB language. At one point she had chronic season allergies which required an inhaler for a time. He was very careful to mention the "Asthma" word.
 
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