[quote name='bigoc' date='Jul 13 2009, 11:39 AM' post='154293']
I have recently received an x-ray report that shows injury to the spine in the Cervical, Thoracic, and lumbar. I am currently rated at 20% for my neck based on a cervical MRI. The injury is from a parachute accident(service connected). I did seek medical help in service which is documented(how I got my cervical rating). I do not have any limit in the range of motion, just pain. I do not understand how they rate the spine. I will list my x-ray report.
Any idea of what kind of rating I should expect and insist on based on the x-ray, pain, and little if any loss of range of motion?
- Cervical Spine: Reversal of cervical lordosis, spondylitic changes. Clinical correlation recommended(whatever this means)
- Thoracic Spine: Levoscoliosis.
- Lumbar Spine: Straightening of lordosis. OA at L4-L5 and L5-S1
1: cervical lordosis is the curvature of the bones in the neck.
Reversed means it has transgressed the oppisite of what it should be.
You have arthritic changes compared to another exam. Clinical correlation is asking another clinician their view on your condition.
2: levo scolosis: spine is bending left or right not forward or back.
3> The curvature of the back is straightened,
The Va will rate on Range of motion. Know your ranges and compare it to the regs.
Edited by jbasser, 13 July 2009 - 11:56 AM.