Osteoarthritis knees Navy MED/PEB Timeline

gunny995

PEB Forum Regular Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Yes. Full range. Not sure what a GAF score is. I did think you were from Portland. Mistake. Enjoy the sunny weather in SD. The Navy and for that matter the VA are very stingy with the knee injuries and OA. I was Pilot Program screened on a day when I had little swelling, tenderness, or pain. Some days it is worse and my range is impeaded by pain. I will address this with VA once I'm out.
 

blackflip

PEB Forum Regular Member
Registered Member
Got my findings 20% for range of motion my Osteoarthritis wasn't rated or my chondromalcia or my instability or that my semilunar cartlidge was removed do to fact that my civilian medical documents weren't sent with my peb package even though my civilian doctor has been seeing me since 2007 so i of course requested a formal Peb.
 

gunny995

PEB Forum Regular Member
PEB Forum Veteran
I wish you the best. I didn't request the FPEB because of the fact that the board may have reversed there dicision and found me FIT. I had a third PRT failure last month and would be ADMIN sep'd for PRT failure. Post discharge, I will attempt to get VA rating's up'd and submit a BCMR.

I wish you the best outcome.
 

braveheart112702

PEB Forum Regular Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Thanks I need all the help I can get. I have OA in both knees but my left is worst then the right. For my left knee is far worse than my right knee. My surgeon who placed on MEB board wrote in his dictation I cannot run, walk for long distance, and cannot jump and among other things. Now, I cannot walk around the block without being in pain. BOY... my knee hurts when I try to do the smallest of activities. I'm shocked that they didn't rate you for Osteoarthritis and chondromalcia. Makes me worry a little bit. Thank you for info. All the best to you.
 

sibyll

Member
Registered Member
I'm new to the site, but glad its out there since its given me more information than anyone at medical could.

I'm in a similar situation to everyone in this thread. I have a worsening knee condition. I had orthoscopic surgery, but it was to no avail. After getting off my crutches, the pain is still just as prevalent as ever. My civilian doctor has diagnosed me with arthritis, saying that my knee's and eventualy all my joints will continue to break down and that I'll never be 100% again. I accepted this and realized that I would be better suited to transfer into the civillian world. I have a letter recomending discharge from my civillian doctor, I've filled out all the paperwork required of me for LMDU, but to my knowledge I've never been officially LMDU. I've completed all paper work for MEB, but havent had one. From last the last conversation I had with the medical clinic on my base, I should be going up for a PEB soon.

I have some questions about all of it. Should I have been to a MEB before this PEB? I've been given little to no knowledge on any of the procedures for these. I've been enlisted for just over 2 years, and to be honest I thought that a med board was the same as a PEB.

Another question is do the PEB proceedings take my own requests into considerations? With my knees the way they are I could probably last another year or 2 in the service, as long as i can be waived from running or avoid any high impact activities, but I'd rather get back into a college and get a career going as soon as possible. Will I be asked what I want? And will that affect the decision?
 

gunny995

PEB Forum Regular Member
PEB Forum Veteran
I have some questions about all of it. Should I have been to a MEB before this PEB? I've been given little to no knowledge on any of the procedures for these. I've been enlisted for just over 2 years, and to be honest I thought that a med board was the same as a PEB.
Not necessarily. But if your case is to go to a PEB, it will be accompanied by a MEB report. A medical evaluation board is normally done by the specialist at the hospital you go to for treatment. Say Bremerton Naval Hospital, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and so on. If the MEB determines that you are limited by your injury and that there is no other course of action that will return you to duty, they may refer you to a PEB. For us Navy folks, that is in Washington D.C.

Another question is do the PEB proceedings take my own requests into considerations? With my knees the way they are I could probably last another year or 2 in the service, as long as i can be waived from running or avoid any high impact activities, but I'd rather get back into a college and get a career going as soon as possible. Will I be asked what I want? And will that affect the decision?
Your Orthopedic specialist, normally the Doctor who would be treating your condition, may ask you if you feel you can return to unlimited duty. However, you may have little to say in the matter if the Doctor believes that you cannot return to duty. Your Command will have a larger influence on a PEB when they are asked to submit a Non-medical Assessment on your behalf. Things like "does the members condition prevent him/her from doing their job", "how well does the member perform their job?", etc.

If your command says that "despite Seaman SoNso's limitations, he/she is a great asset to the command in the assignments that he/she is assigned...", then I suggest this will work in favor of keeping you in. And the opposite would be true as well.

Though the Navy and the VA tend to give lower disability percentages for the knees, I have found that they (the knees) are not to be trifled with. Take care of them because when they get real bad, the pain is unbelievable. Worse, the meds that you will need to control the pain, inflammation etc.

Good Luck.
 

flrdnk

PEB Forum Regular Member
Hey Gunny,
Are you getting 90% just for high tibial osteotomies? I was told recently that i probably need to get a High Tibial Osteotomy on my right knee. With yours was it very painfull? Thanks.

SSgt Stephen Smith
 

gunny995

PEB Forum Regular Member
PEB Forum Veteran
90% is my Total rating from the VA. 20% for knees. The HTO was very painful. I had both knees done.
 
data-matched-content-ui-type="image_stacked" data-matched-content-rows-num="3" data-matched-content-columns-num="1" data-ad-format="autorelaxed">
Top