Musculoskeletal diseases can affect the bones, muscles, joints, connective tissues, ligaments, etc. The effects of musculoskeletal diseases can appear anywhere in the body and vary from person to person. This makes rating musculoskeletal diseases pretty difficult. But while the diseases may vary, they often cause similar symptoms. The first rating system for Musculoskeletal Diseases are rated as Degenerative Arthritis:
- Degenerative Arthritis
- Post-traumatic Arthritis
- Non-cancerous bone growth
- Osteitis deformans (Paget’s disease)
- Intermittent hydrarthrosis
- Myositis ossificans
How Musculoskeletal Injuries impacts veterans
A huge area of concern for Veterans is musculoskeletal health. Research indicates that, compared to non-military civilians, Veterans are more likely to have musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, lower back, and hip and knee pain that impairs mobility. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common cause of chronic pain and long-term physical disability in human populations.
The secondary rating system for musculoskeletal diseases are rated as Rheumatoid Arthritis:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Gonorrheal Arthritis (a.k.a. gonococcal arthritis)
- Pneumococcic Arthritis
- Typhoid Arthritis
- Syphilitic Arthritis
- Streptococcic Arthritis
- All other Arthritis
Here are the stand-alone musculoskeletal diseases that have their own rating systems include:
- Caisson Disease
- Tuberculosis of the Bones and Joints
Why we Practice for Veterans with Musculoskeletal Injuries
Musculoskeletal pain is the most common chronic pain complaint among veterans. Over 5 million veterans have been diagnosed with some sort of musculoskeletal condition. Oftentimes these conditions are underrated by the VA. For most injuries, pain warrants a 10 percent disability rating. Most veterans feel that their pain should be rated higher especially if it prevents them from holding steady employment. Veterans have sacrificed for us and our country, now it’s our turn to fight for veterans. We serve veterans all across the U.S to help them service-connect their musculoskeletal injuries and help them get the back pay and rating they deserve.
Bosley & Bratch understand veterans and their needs. Many of our team members are veterans themselves, and others have loved ones that are veterans. We understand the stress and fatigue that comes with taking on the VA. We see how complex Musculoskeletal claims can be, and understand what it takes to get your conditions service-connected and rated properly. After 24 years of practice, Bosley & Bratch has fine-tuned our protocol to ensure we’re consistently following up and holding the VA accountable so you get your benefits as fast as possible.
Steps to Take
- File a claim.
- Obtain a Diagnosis.
- Do you have proof in your military records of what you think caused your condition?
- If not, can you get a statement from someone you served with to support your story?
- If you had a pre-existing condition, you’ll want to explain how your time in service aggravated your condition.
- Obtain a medical opinion stating that your explanation supports your diagnosis and that your symptoms are related to your explanation.
- Contact Bosley & Bratch at 800-953-6224 or fill out a case evaluation form online.