MEB? - Knee injury aggravated by Arthrofibrosis (extreme scarring)

AFLady4

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Hello, I am recovering from my second knee injury and like the first one I have arthrofibrosis (extreme scarring that locks the knee). Between my two injuries I have also a torn popliteal muscle and other scarring that causes extreme pain when I run. Regardless, prior to injury #2, I finally ran my fitness test (after 6 years), but now I am back where I started 6 years ago. I currently cannot flex my knee past 50 degrees (6 wks post surgery), and everything is tightening up again. Needless to say, once they do get me walking again, I foresee many years of physical therapy and other modalities to even get me running again. That's just running. I'm not sure how long it will take to pass the run portion of the fitness test.

My question is knowing how my knee has reacted in the past and having a good idea it's going to be just as long a road in recovery would I be smart to request an MEB?

I understand that the period from surgery to MEB is 1 year for recovery. I will do everything the doc and physical therapy ask me to do, but I know my body better than anyone. It's going to be a long, hard road to recovery, and I'm not sure I can do that in the military and fully recover.

Any advice and insight is appreciated!

UPDATE: Sorry, I just realized I posted this in the wrong forum, but responses still welcomed.
 

scoutCC

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I understand that the period from surgery to MEB is 1 year for recovery.
Recovery should max out at one year, but it can be shortened as soon as they feel you've received the maximum benefit from treatment. Its not that uncommon for them to say running just isn't in the cards for you anymore, at least in the Army, don't see why the AF couldn't allow the same thing. They have alternative events on purpose.

would I be smart to request an MEB?
I think you have good reason to bring up making this a permanent profile. It doesn't sound like they can realistically expect your knee to be fully functional from here on out. If you want to direct that conversation towards a permanent profile that supports staying in or one that supports a disability discharge is another question entirely. There are just too many variables that go into this. I'm not sure I can speak intelligently about a MEB being smart.

It's worth noting that 50 degrees of movement may be a 10% rating. The proper way to measure for ratings is based on when pain starts though. Still, very hard to reach a retirement rating with only one knee being the unfit condition. A 30% rating means only 15 degrees of movement, which is for practical purposes, nothing.

http://www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com/kneeandleg.html
 

AFLady4

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Recovery should max out at one year, but it can be shortened as soon as they feel you've received the maximum benefit from treatment. Its not that uncommon for them to say running just isn't in the cards for you anymore, at least in the Army, don't see why the AF couldn't allow the same thing. They have alternative events on purpose.


I think you have good reason to bring up making this a permanent profile. It doesn't sound like they can realistically expect your knee to be fully functional from here on out. If you want to direct that conversation towards a permanent profile that supports staying in or one that supports a disability discharge is another question entirely. There are just too many variables that go into this. I'm not sure I can speak intelligently about a MEB being smart.

It's worth noting that 50 degrees of movement may be a 10% rating. The proper way to measure for ratings is based on when pain starts though. Still, very hard to reach a retirement rating with only one knee being the unfit condition. A 30% rating means only 15 degrees of movement, which is for practical purposes, nothing.

http://www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com/kneeandleg.html
Thank you! The link you gave finally explains the "How" of the rating system. I guess I have a few things to consider. Thank you!
 
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