Increased VA Disability Ratings for Joint Pain and Arthritis (2022)

If you’re a veteran who suffers from joint pain or arthritis, you know how debilitating it is and the severe impact your condition can have on your daily life.

Countless veterans have disability ratings of only 50% or lower for these types of conditions when they might be eligible for significantly higher ratings — others have disability ratings of only 80% when they might be eligible for a 100% disability rating.

Arthritis and joint pain can worsen with time, warranting an increase to an existing VA disability rating. You may also have developed a secondary condition that should have been factored into the rating.

Increasing your VA disability rating for arthritis or joint pain can be challenging, but it’s not impossible.

Read on to learn more about the VA ratings for joint pain and arthritis and how you may be able to get a higher disability rating to receive the maximum compensation you’re entitled from the VA.

What You’ll Learn in This Article:

  • VA Disability Rating for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Total Disability / Individual Unemployability for Arthritis and Joint Pain Conditions (TDIU)
  • VA Disability Rating for Arthritis in Hands
  • VA Disability Ratings for Knee Joint Pain and Arthritis
  • Can I Get a 100% Disability Rating for Joint Pain?
  • How Can I Increase My VA Disability Rating for Joint Pain and Arthritis?
  • Total Disability Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Increasing Your VA Rating by Combining Multiple Disabilities
  • Get Help With Increasing Your Joint Pain and Arthritis Disability Rating

VA Disability Rating for Rheumatoid Arthritis

VA disability ratingsfor rheumatoid arthritis start at 20% for one or two painful flareups per year. The disability rating increases based on how many flareups you experience annually and how they affect your daily life.

Three episodes of rheumatoid arthritis flareups each year can increase your disability rating to 40%. Four or more painful flareups can cause your disability rating to go up to 60%. Typically to get a 60% rating, you also need to demonstrate to the VA that you have other symptoms associated with the condition such as weight loss, anemia, and a decline in overall health. You can increase a 60% disability rating for rheumatoid arthritis by combining multiple disabilities, or by qualifying for TDIU to receive compensation equivalent to a 100% disability rating.

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If multiple areas of the body are affected, you may be able to show that your rheumatoid arthritis condition is incapacitating, warranting a 100% disability rating.

When you go for your C&P exam, it’s important to inform the doctor of your flareups and how they affect you. Providing sufficient evidence of the pain you experience may be able to help significantly increase your rating.

Essentially, the difference in conditions between a veteran who receives a 60% rating and a 100% rating depends on whether rheumatoid arthritis causes them to be bedridden and completely incapable of doing chores, household tasks, their daily activities, and working.

Here are some tips on your C&P exam from one of our VA disability lawyers.

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Total Disability / Individual Unemployability for Arthritis and Joint Pain Conditions (TDIU)

Even when conditions are completely debilitating, many veterans only have an 80% disability rating for arthritis and conditions related to joint pain. However, even without a 100% disability rating, you may be eligible for Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) if you cannot carry out substantially gainful employment due to your arthritis or joint pain.

TDIU is the equivalent of a 100% disability rating, entitling you to the same amount of compensation each month. While your disability rating is meant to reflect how your condition affects your daily life, TDIU is intended to compensate you for the impact your service-related disability has on your employment.

Generally, you may be eligible for TDIU if you have one service-connected condition with a disability rating of 60%, or if you have two or more service-connected conditions with a combined rating of 70% or more and one of the conditions has at least a 40% disability rating.

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VA Disability Rating for Arthritis in Hands

Joint pain and arthritis in the hands is a common condition faced by veterans. It can occur in or near the wrist, thumb, or fingers. Arthritis can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome, which can result in complete paralysis of the hand, warranting a disability rating of up to 70% for your dominant hand. You may be able to increase this rating if you also have symptoms of “trigger finger.”If you have lost the use of your hand and are can no longer work, you may be eligible for TDIU.

If you have joint pain or osteoarthritis in both hands, the rating for each disability can be combined for an increased rating. If arthritis has caused you to lose function in your hands, you may also be entitled to Special Monthly Compensation.

1. You have at least 1 service-connected disability rated at 60% or more disabling, or 2 or more service-connected disabilities—with at least 1 rated at 40% or more disabling and a combined rating of 70% or more—and
2. You can’t hold down a steady job that supports you financially (known as substantially gainful employment) because of your service-connected disability. Odd jobs (marginal employment), don’t count.

Taken from https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/special-claims/unemployability/

Here one of our VA disability lawyers talks about how SMC (Special Monthly Compensation) works to help you get more money for extra expenses related to your disabling condition every month.

VA Disability Ratings for Knee Joint Pain and Arthritis

Knee pain is rated by the VA under various diagnostic codes depending on the condition causing the pain. A VA disability rating for knee tendonitis or joint pain may also be based on your range of motion during your VA disability knee exam.

While each condition that causes knee joint pain is assigned a rating based on its severity, your disability rating may be increased based on VA secondary conditions to knee pain.

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VA disability for arthritis in the knee is generally determined through range of motion testing. However, if you have a satisfactory range of motion but there is still pain, the VA will look to X-ray evidence for evidence of arthritis and assign a 10% or 20% disability rating. Arthritis in the knees often gives rise to secondary conditions which can increase your rating.

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You may also be able to increase a disability rating for knee pain by combining the VA’s bilateral factor. Depending on the combined rating of your disabilities, the bilateral factor can bump you up to a rating of 80% or more. The bilateral factor takes into consideration that a disability affecting both knees (or arms, legs, etc.) can result in further difficulties. It adds 10% to the combined disability rating.

VA Disability for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can I Get a 100% Disability Rating for Joint Pain?

Some joint pain conditions are rated higher by the VA than others. Generally, the difference between a veteran who receives a lower rating and one who receives a higher rating depends on how many painful episodes occur within one year and the impairments associated with them. For example, two veterans may have the same arthritic condition, but the veteran who has more flareups each year will receive a higher rating. The VA will also consider whether arthritis is an overall condition in the body — such as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis — or if it occurs in specific joints.

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Typically, the VA will look to medical evidence to determine your rating such as blood tests as well as X-rays and MRIs of the joints that are affected. It will also consider how much pain you experience and the effect of the condition on your everyday life.

Rheumatoid arthritis often worsens over time. It’s possible to increase a rating for rheumatoid arthritis to 100% when there is sufficient medical evidence that your condition has become completely incapacitating.

Veterans who have less than a 100% rating for joint pain or osteoarthritis may be able to increase their rating by having each joint considered individually. Each joint may receive a separate disability rating under different diagnostic codes that can make your rating closer to reaching 100% when combined. For example, if osteoarthritis is present in one joint, but another has a torn ACL, your disability rating will increase because each joint’s condition is evaluated separately. The same applies if you are assigned a 50% rating for degenerative disc disease in the spine — adding additional joint conditions to your combined rating may be able to get you to a rating of 80% or higher, depending on the rating assigned to each.

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How The VA Disability Bilateral Factor Affects Veterans Ratings

How Can I Increase My VA Disability Rating for Joint Pain and Arthritis?

Since arthritis worsens over time, you should consider having your condition reviewed every few years. If you’re already receiving VA disability benefits for joint pain or arthritis and your current rating no longer reflects the severity of your condition, you may be able to file for anincreaseto your disability benefits.

There are a few different ways you canrequest an increasein an existing disability rating. This can be done by filing:

  • A request for an increased VA disability rating usingVA Form 21-526EZ
  • A Notice of Disagreement
  • A claim for a secondary service-related disability
  • A supplemental claim

You may also be able to file an appeal within one year of the VA’s decision on your claim. An experienced VA attorney can advise you concerning how best to request an increase in your disability rating based on your particular circumstances and condition.

We help veterans appeal for higher VA ratings every day.Call us.

Total Disability Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery

You may be eligible for a temporary increase of a 100% disability rating if you have been hospitalized for more than 21 days for joint replacement surgery. You may also be eligible for a 100% disability rating during the time period in which you are convalescing.

If you underwent a full knee replacement surgery, you would receive a disability rating of 100% for the first year following the surgery. Partial knee replacements are also eligible to receive 100% disability in the first year following the procedure.

It may be difficult to get 100% TDIU from one disability, but here one of our VA disability lawyers talks about common disabilities that add up to a 100% combined rating.

Increasing Your VA Rating by Combining Multiple Disabilities

One way your disability rating can be increased is by combining multiple disabilities. The VA uses aCombined Rating Tableto determine your compensation when factoring in more than one condition. By combining multiple disabilities, you may be able to get your disability rating up to 80% or higher depending on the rating assigned to each.

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It’s critical to understand that the VA doesn’t add your disability ratings, but rather, it combines them using a specific formula based on the “whole person remaining” concept. (What most of us call ‘VA Math’.) The combined ratings are then calculated by rounding up to the nearest ten.

Use our free VA Disability Calculator to estimate your combined VA rating and monthly entitlement here.

Here is a video explaining how the VA combined ratings table works from one of our Veterans Disability Lawyers.

Get Help With Increasing Your Joint Pain and Arthritis Disability Rating

Going through the process of getting your disability rating increased for joint pain or arthritis can be confusing and overwhelming. If you have arthritis or joint pain issues, the VA disability lawyers at Woods and Woods can help ensure you get the highest disability rating that you’re qualified to get.

A family-owned business since 1985, our lawyers have helped thousands of veterans who are entitled to disability benefits get the highest disability rating they deserve for their service-connected joint pain and arthritis. We also assist the surviving spouses of deceased service members to obtain the benefits to which they’re entitled.

We never charge a fee to help you apply for disability benefits or increase your disability rating — you only pay if we are successful and win your case case.

Contact ustoday to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we can help increase your VA rating for joint pain and arthritis.

If I apply for arthritis VA disability but I should also get a rating for someting else like tinnitus, won’t the VA add that automatically?

The VA is required to give you the best of everyting, but over 30% of VA decisions end up being wrong. You want to make sure you apply for every benefit you deserve, and don’t leave it to the VA to figure it out.

Can I get backpay on my VA disability if they increase my rating?

Only if you win a CUE case. You would have to show that it should have always been rated higher, not that your condition is getting worse.

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FAQs

How much is arthritis for VA disability? ›

Degenerative arthritis will be rated at 10 or 20 percent based upon the number of joints/joint groups affected and the level of incapacitation. VA requires that limitation of motion be confirmed by observations such as swelling, muscle spasms, or evidence of painful motion.

What is the average VA rating for arthritis? ›

Degenerative arthritis, caused by overuse of the joints or an injury, is the most common form of arthritis in veterans and is rated under Diagnostic Code 5003. Veterans receive either a 10% or 20% rating depending on the severity of their symptoms and the number of joints affected.

What is the VA rating for arthritis in both knees? ›

VA's Major Joint Rule and Arthritis of the Knees

If a veteran has confirmation of arthritis through x-ray evidence, VA should assign either a 10 or 20 percent disability rating based on the severity of the arthritis and whether it affects one or both knees.

How does the VA rate joint pain? ›

VA rates rheumatoid arthritis under 38 C.F.R. 4.71(a) diagnostic code 5002. The ratings range from 0 to 100% disabling and depend mostly on the number of incapacitating episodes a veteran experiences due to their rheumatoid arthritis.

Is arthritis a permanent VA disability? ›

Because arthritis is so prevalent in soldiers and veterans, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determined that this condition is service-connected if diagnosed within a year of discharge. However, if symptoms of arthritis present in later years, you may still be eligible for VA disability.

How do you prove arthritis? ›

What imaging techniques may be used to diagnose arthritis?
  1. X-ray. X-rays may show joint changes and bone damage found in some types of arthritis. ...
  2. Ultrasound. Ultrasound uses sound waves (not radiation) to see the quality of synovial tissue, tendons, ligaments, and bones.
  3. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). ...
  4. Arthroscopy.

Is degenerative arthritis the same as osteoarthritis? ›

Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease. It is the most common type of arthritis because it's often caused by the wear and tear on a joint over a lifetime. It is most often found in the hands, knees, hips and spine.

What knee problems qualify for VA disability? ›

This refers to the range of motion a person has when their knee is moving towards the body. This is the most common knee problem eligible for VA disability benefits, with ratings that typically range from 10% to 30%.

What is the highest VA disability rating for knee pain? ›

The highest rating available for residuals of the total knee replacement is 60%. A 60% rating will be assigned when there is weakness and severe pain with motion.

What is the average VA disability rating for knee pain? ›

If your claim is approved, you will receive a specific disability rating that corresponds to the amount of monthly compensation you can receive. In order to receive disability benefits from the VA for knee pain, you will need to receive at least a 10 percent disability rating after filing your claim.

What are 5 symptoms of arthritis? ›

What are the symptoms of arthritis?
  • Pain.
  • Redness.
  • Stiffness.
  • Swelling.
  • Tenderness.
  • Warmth.
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What type of arthritis qualify for disability? ›

SSA recognizes inflammatory arthritis could qualify as a disabling disease if it is accompanied by the following findings. Deformity or swelling of an ankle, knee, or hip joint with: At least two of the following symptoms: fever, loss of weight, fatigue, or a general feeling of discomfort.

What is the most painful type of arthritis? ›

Rheumatoid arthritis can be one of the most painful types of arthritis; it affects joints as well as other surrounding tissues, including organs. This inflammatory, autoimmune disease attacks healthy cells by mistake, causing painful swelling in the joints, like hands, wrists and knees.

Is arthritis considered a joint disease? ›

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system attacks the joints, beginning with the lining of joints. Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age.

How severe can arthritis pain be? ›

Symptoms vary from mild to severe and may come and go. Some may stay about the same for years, but symptoms can also progress and get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, difficulty performing daily activities and make walking and climbing stairs painful and grueling.

What does moderately severe arthritis mean? ›

Symptoms of 'Level 2' include more constant aches and occasional severe pains often affecting the whole knee or hip. At this stage your cartilage is worn and there are some bald patches (i.e. the tyre thread is wearing low).

How do you prove arthritis is service connected? ›

How is a Service Connection Established for Arthritis? To establish a service connection for arthritis, a veteran must prove that the condition was a result of an event that occurred during service, such as an in-service injury or overuse of a joint during a service-related task that caused the condition to develop.

How does arthritis of the knee feel? ›

There are many signs and symptoms of arthritis of the knee: Creaking, clicking, grinding or snapping noises (crepitus). Difficulty walking. Joint pain that changes (gets better or worse) depending on the weather.

What is the VA rating for hip pain? ›

Hip replacement Hip pain VA rating

You qualify for at least 30% VA disability compensation for hip pain after a knee or joint surgery. If you have a hip replacement, the VA will consider you disabled for one year. After the one year, they will give you a permanent rating based on how severe your hip problem is.

What is the VA rating for neck pain? ›

Can I get VA Disability for neck muscle pain? Yes, as long as the neck pain is service-connected, you can qualify for VA Disability. It will be rated the minimum 10% unless there is limited motion that qualifies for a higher rating.

How does the VA check range of motion? ›

Range of motion is arguably the most important factor VA considers when evaluating a veteran's back pain or condition. To ensure accuracy when measuring the veteran's range of motion, VA is required to use a specific instrument known as a goniometer (i.e., an instrument used for the precise measurement of angles).

Can knee pain be secondary to back pain? ›

Yes. The sciatic nerve, which is one of the spinal nerves, connects from your low back, through your leg into your knee. Sciatica feels like a shooting pain running from your lower back, down your leg, and can contribute to knee pain.

How do I prove my knee is service connected? ›

We can also use a professional medical opinion to prove to the VA that your injury resulted from your military service. This involves having your doctor issue a professional opinion that your military service — and, more specifically, an event during that service — caused or contributed to your injury.

What is knee flexion limitation? ›

Limitation of leg flexion is rated 0 percent when limited to 60 degrees, 10 percent when limited to 45 degrees, and 20 percent when limited to 30 degrees. 38 C.F.R.

How do you prove arthritis is service connected? ›

How is a Service Connection Established for Arthritis? To establish a service connection for arthritis, a veteran must prove that the condition was a result of an event that occurred during service, such as an in-service injury or overuse of a joint during a service-related task that caused the condition to develop.

How does the VA rate rheumatoid arthritis? ›

VA rates rheumatoid arthritis under Diagnostic Code 5002. Rheumatoid arthritis can be evaluated up to 100 percent if it results in complete incapacitation, such as causing the veteran to be bedridden. Lower ratings may be given for occasional incapacitating episodes.

Can you get disability for arthritis? ›

Many people may wonder is arthritis a disability. Yes. Arthritis can prompt incapacity, as can numerous other mental and physical conditions. If your arthritis confines your daily movements, or activities you may qualify for disability benefits.

Can I claim disability for arthritis? ›

Arthritis can be considered disability by the SSA. If you suffer from arthritis that is so severe you are going to be unable to work for at least 12 months and you meet the work requirements as well, the SSA will deem you disabled and you will be able to earn disability benefits.

What is the VA rating for hip pain? ›

Hip replacement Hip pain VA rating

You qualify for at least 30% VA disability compensation for hip pain after a knee or joint surgery. If you have a hip replacement, the VA will consider you disabled for one year. After the one year, they will give you a permanent rating based on how severe your hip problem is.

What are the 3 main types of arthritis? ›

Arthritis Types
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Childhood Arthritis.

Is there a difference between arthritis and osteoarthritis? ›

The main difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is the cause behind the joint symptoms. Osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical wear and tear on joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body's own immune system attacks the body's joints. It may begin any time in life.

Is joint pain a disability? ›

If your joint pain or immobility is severe enough to meet or equal the listing, you will be considered disabled. The listing for major dysfunction of a joint is 1.02. It has 2 parts: A and B. You will meet the listing and be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if you meet either of the two parts.

How hard is it to get disability for osteoarthritis? ›

In order to be approved for SSDI benefits, your documentation and medical records will need to show that you meet one or more of the listing requirements and that the pain you suffer from osteoarthritis is severe enough to keep you from working and it impacts your ability to perform your routine daily tasks.

What are the different stages of arthritis? ›

Stages of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stage 1. Stage 1 is early stage RA. Many people feel joint pain, stiffness, or swelling. ...
  • Stage 2. Stage 2 is moderate-stage RA. ...
  • Stage 3. Once RA has progressed to stage 3, it's considered severe. ...
  • Stage 4. At stage 4, there's no longer inflammation in the joint.

Is hip arthritis a disability? ›

While there is no specific disability listing for a degenerative hip joint, the condition is likely to be considered an abnormality of a major joint, which is the subject of listing 1.18 of Social Security's listings.

Countless veterans have disability ratings of only 50% or lower for these types of conditions when they might be eligible for significantly higher ratings — others have disability ratings of only 80% when they might be eligible for a 100% disability rating.. Read on to learn more about the VA ratings for joint pain and arthritis and how you may be able to get a higher disability rating to receive the maximum compensation you’re entitled from the VA.. You can increase a 60% disability rating for rheumatoid arthritis by combining multiple disabilities, or by qualifying for TDIU to receive compensation equivalent to a 100% disability rating.. Generally, you may be eligible for TDIU if you have one service-connected condition with a disability rating of 60%, or if you have two or more service-connected conditions with a combined rating of 70% or more and one of the conditions has at least a 40% disability rating.. If you have joint pain or osteoarthritis in both hands, the rating for each disability can be combined for an increased rating.. You have at least 1 service-connected disability rated at 60% or more disabling, or 2 or more service-connected disabilities—with at least 1 rated at 40% or more disabling and a combined rating of 70% or more— and 2.. A VA disability rating for knee tendonitis or joint pain may also be based on your range of motion during your VA disability knee exam.. While each condition that causes knee joint pain is assigned a rating based on its severity, your disability rating may be increased based on VA secondary conditions to knee pain.. The same applies if you are assigned a 50% rating for degenerative disc disease in the spine — adding additional joint conditions to your combined rating may be able to get you to a rating of 80% or higher, depending on the rating assigned to each.. If you’re already receiving VA disability benefits for joint pain or arthritis and your current rating no longer reflects the severity of your condition, you may be able to file for an increase to your disability benefits.. It may be difficult to get 100% TDIU from one disability, but here one of our VA disability lawyers talks about common disabilities that add up to a 100% combined rating.. By combining multiple disabilities, you may be able to get your disability rating up to 80% or higher depending on the rating assigned to each.. If you have arthritis or joint pain issues, the VA disability lawyers at Woods and Woods can help ensure you get the highest disability rating that you’re qualified to get.

Degenerative arthritis leads to symptoms including pain, stiffness, limitation of motion, limitation of flexion, grating sensation or clicking with joint use (known as crepitus or crepitation), swelling, and joint instability or buckling (i.e., knee giving out).. According to the VA regulations, if your symptoms of arthritis appear within one year of discharge from service and qualify for at least a 10% VA disability rating, the presumption of service connection applies.. Under the schedule of ratings in the VA regulations, arthritis may be rated under degenerative arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.. Rheumatoid arthritis, as an active condition, may receive a 100% VA disability rating if you experience constitutional manifestations associated with active joint involvement and is totally incapacitating.. Rheumatoid arthritis, in terms of chronic residuals, will be rated under the appropriate diagnostic code for the group of minor joints involved, major joints, etc.. With any form of arthritis, your ranges of motion, and any associated pain, are important factors to be evaluated.. Any claimed joint conditions will be rated as degenerative arthritis if there is not a significant measurement of limited range of motion to rate under those applicable diagnostic codes.. The VA does not rate a disability under limited range of motion and degenerative arthritis.. Temporary 100% Ratings For VA Disability Claims. Different from degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an…

One or two painful flare-ups a year: 20% Rating Clear impairments to daily living and health diagnosed by a doctor or 3 or more incapacitating episodes a year: 40% Rating Worse than 40% but not quite 100% incapacitated, with weight loss and anemia due to the long term affects and incapacitated 4 times a year or more: 60% Rating Multiple systems of your body like lungs, veins, and eyes in addition to your joints affected, totally incapacitating RA: 100% Rating. While knee pain can carry its own VA rating, you want to make sure if it is classified as arthritis or not.. If you have arthritis all over, like with rheumatoid arthritis, you want to get rated on it all over your body.. With stress-caused arthritis like osteoarthritis, you want to get a VA rating for joint pain on each individual joint.. VA joint pain ratings are funny because you have to treat every disabled joint like a different disability rating.. If you are diagnosed with any type of arthritis within one year of discharge, it is service-connected as a presumptive rating.. Is an Injured ACL Rating Better than an Arthritis Rating?

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) grants VA disability to those who have arthritis, yet the degree of benefits varies depending on the type and intensity of the arthritis.. There are two main types of arthritis: degenerative arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.. Similarities Between Degenerative and Rheumatoid Arthritis Both types are arthritis can affect your joints and have overlapping symptoms:. Veterans who wait to claim VA disability for arthritis or to even receive an immediate VA disability rating may find it harder to make a VA claim.. There still needs to be a VA disability rating for arthritis and if the VA sees a link, you may claim direct service connection.. This service connection will be useful for making your VA claim for arthritis benefits, especially if there is no record of injury or overuse of joints during your service.. Rheumatoid arthritis levels of rating are under Diagnostic Code 5002; degenerative arthritis levels are under Diagnostic Code 5003.. Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis disability rating can change throughout your lifespan because the intensity of the arthritis may worsen.. Rheumatoid arthritis is also rated depending on the joints involved, yet can only be rated as either an active condition or for residual chronic conditions.. Again, since rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that can worsen, you can claim rheumatoid arthritis VA disability multiple times as your rating increases.. If you request a VA disability rating for arthritis in your back and a VA disability rating for arthritis in your hands, this counts as two or more minor groups.. Subsequently, a VA disability rating for arthritis in the knee and a VA disability rating for arthritis in an ankle count as two major injuries, separate from each other, but combined in an overall rating.. Other Arthritis Ratings If you have arthritis that does not fall under the umbrella of degenerative or rheumatoid, then different codes may apply; for example, post-traumatic arthritis is rated under Diagnostic Code 5010.. The rule creates the possibility of receiving a 10% rating separate from your VA disability rating for arthritis.

Generally speaking, there are two main types of arthritis: degenerative arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.. Degenerative arthritis is rated based on the limitation of range of motion of the affected joint(s).. However, if limitation of motion for the involved joint(s) renders a non-compensable rating, a 10 percent rating will be assigned for each major or group of minor joints affected by limitation of motion.. If no limited range of motion exists in joints, veterans will be rated for degenerative arthritis if X-ray evidence exists to support the diagnosis.. To be rated at 10 percent for degenerative arthritis, veterans must have X-ray evidence revealing two or more major joints or two or more groups of minor joints are afflicted by degenerative arthritis.. To receive a 20 percent rating for degenerative arthritis, X-ray evidence must show that two or more major joints or two or more groups of minor joints have degenerative arthritis and produce occasional incapacitating episodes.. It is important to note that veterans cannot be rated for both degenerative arthritis and limited range of motion in the same joints.. As with degenerative arthritis, a rating for limited range of motion cannot be given in addition to a rating for rheumatoid arthritis.. Veterans experiencing totally incapacitating rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, no matter how many joints are affected, will be rated at 100 percent.

Osteoarthritis will show up in your knee or elbow if you wear them out, but RA is different.. PTSD and rheumatoid arthritis sometimes go together.. Rheumatoid Arthritis in Veterans How Rheumatoid Arthritis Works Rheumatoid Arthritis Doesn’t Have to Be a Death Sentence Early Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis Progression of RA in Aging Veterans VA Disability Rating for Arthritis in Your Hands or Trigger Finger The VA Ratings Schedule for Rheumatoid Arthritis How to Increase your Rating from 60% to 100% Rheumatoid Arthritis in Veterans FAQs. The thing that is most important when looking at a VA disability rating for arthritis in knees, however, is to make sure you are getting the best rating.. Instead of getting a VA rating for knee pain, and another rating for ankle pain, it might get more money in your pocket or even a 100% TDIU rating if you get rated for RA instead of individual joint problems.

When filing a claim for service connection for rheumatoid arthritis, the veteran will need to demonstrate a connection between their military service and their rheumatoid arthritis.. A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis; An in-service event, illness, or injury; and A nexus linking the veteran’s in-service occurrence with their rheumatoid arthritis. When a veteran files a claim for rheumatoid arthritis, VA may request a Compensation and Pension exam, or .. In claims for rheumatoid arthritis, DBQs can be helpful because a private doctor, or a rheumatologist, can provide insight into the veteran’s condition.. As with degenerative arthritis, a rating for limited range of motion cannot be given in addition to a rating for rheumatoid arthritis.. 20% —This rating can be given to veterans who experience two or more incapacitating episodes per year and who have an established diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.. 100% —This rating is given to veterans who experience totally incapacitating rheumatoid arthritis, no matter how many joints are affected.. If a veteran’s rheumatoid arthritis is less severe than the symptoms depicted above, they can be rated under the diagnostic codes for each specific major or group of minor joints.. VA has not established a presumption for veterans exposed to burn pits as it has for veterans exposed to Agent Orange.. Often, VA does not have a way of proving veterans were near burn pits, so statements from the veteran themselves or buddy statements can help prove exposure.. Conceding Our Veterans’ Exposure Now and Necessitating Training Act (COVENANT) Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2021 Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Recognition Act Toxic Exposure in the American Military Act (TEAM). Veterans who are prevented from working because of their rheumatoid arthritis, or symptoms of their rheumatoid arthritis, may be able to receive a monthly VA disability benefit called total disability based on individual unemployability, or TDIU.. As a result, veterans who receive a rating for their rheumatoid arthritis may be able to receive compensation at the 100 percent rating level through TIDU.. The accredited VA disability lawyers and advocates at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD have decades of experience successfully representing veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Federal Circuit.

Generally, Arthritis, including Osteoarthritis, is rated under Diagnostic Code (DC) 5003, Degenerative Arthritis, with VA ratings of either 10% or 20%, depending on the number of joints impacted and whether there are occasional incapacitating episodes.. However, the most common VA disability rating for Arthritis is under “joint conditions” as Limitation of Range of Motion.. Because joint conditions are required to be rated under Limitation of Range of Motion first before they can be rated as Degenerative Arthritis.. Degenerative Arthritis, also known as Osteoarthritis, is rated at 10 percent or 20 percent depending upon the Frequency, Severity, and Duration of your symptoms as well as “how” those symptoms negatively impact your work, life, and social functioning to include any functional impairment or loss.. Arthritis can be rated under other Diagnostic Codes (DC) depending on the type and symptoms.. Osteoarthritis is a type of degenerative joint disease rated under Diagnostic Code (DC) 5003, Degenerative Arthritis, with VA ratings of either 10% or 20%, depending on the number of joints impacted and whether there are occasional incapacitating episodes.. #4: Direct Service Connection for Arthritis with Limited Range of Motion of the affected joints.. The VA rates Arthritis with Limitation of Range of Motion under the DC 5200 series, with VA ratings from 0 percent to 100 percent.. Painful motion in a joint is assigned a rating of 10 percent.. DC 5003, Degenerative Arthritis:VA Rating Degenerative arthritis established by X-ray findings will be rated based on limitation of motion under the appropriate diagnostic codes for the specific joint or joints involved (DC 5200 etc.).. DC 5002, Multi-Joint Arthritis (Active), 2 or more joints:VA Rating With constitutional manifestations associated with active joint involvement, totally incapacitating 100% Less than criteria for 100% but with weight loss and anemia productive of severe impairment of health or severely incapacitating exacerbations occurring 4 or more times a year or a lesser number over prolonged period 60% Symptom combinations productive of definite impairment of health objectively supported by examination findings or incapacitating exacerbations occurring 3 or more times a year 40% One or two exacerbations a year in a well-established diagnosis 20% Note 1: Examples of conditions rated using this diagnostic code include, but are not limited to, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and spondyloarthropathies.. Does the Veteran have any joint involvement (e.g., pain, limitation of motion, joint deformity) attributable to the Arthritis condition?. Due to the Arthritis condition, does the veteran have exacerbations which are not incapacitating?. Due to the Arthritis condition, does the veteran have exacerbations which are incapacitating?

How the VA Rates Degenerative and Rheumatoid Arthritis. According to the VA regulations, if your symptoms of arthritis appear within one year of discharge from service and qualify for at least a 10% VA disability rating, the presumption of service connection applies.. VA Disability Ratings for Arthritis. Under the schedule of ratings in the VA regulations, arthritis may be rated under degenerative arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.. Rheumatoid arthritis, as an active condition, may receive a 100% VA disability rating if you experience constitutional manifestations associated with active joint involvement and is totally incapacitating.. The VA does not rate a disability under limited range of motion and degenerative arthritis.. Temporary 100% Ratings For VA Disability Claims

Osteoarthritis will show up in your knee or elbow if you wear them out, but RA is different.. PTSD and rheumatoid arthritis sometimes go together.. Some chemicals and traumatic events also have been known to trigger the body to begin attacking the synovial fluid.. If a joint injury occurs, however, your body can pump as much as three times the normal amount of fluid into your joint.. The clear diagnosis from a doctor is the most important part of getting VA benefits for autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.. PTSD, fibromyalgia, depression, and diabetes all carry symptoms similar to rheumatoid arthritis, so make sure you are tested for all of those too if you are showing these symptoms.. The thing that is most important when looking at a VA disability rating for arthritis in knees, however, is to make sure you are getting the best rating.. Instead of getting a VA rating for knee pain, and another rating for ankle pain, it might get more money in your pocket or even a 100% TDIU rating if you get rated for RA instead of individual joint problems.. Trigger finger is a different condition that affects hands but is not considered arthritis.. Make sure you are clear to the VA if your affected joints keep you from being able to do your normal job.

Rheumatoid arthritis, or more commonly known as RA, is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints.. Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints.. Pain in major joints, minor joint pain, tenderness, swelling, or stiffness for 6 weeks or more Morning stiffness lasting 30 minutes or more Fatigue Flexion or loss of joint mobility Episodes of exacerbations Loss of appetite & Weight loss Low-grade fever. Any rheumatoid arthritis that is less severe than the above-listed symptoms is just rated on its own, such as limited motion.. A 100 percent VA disability rating can be given if the medical condition results in the veteran becoming bedridden or completely incapacitated.. Even if the veteran is not fully bedridden or incapacitated, other lower ratings can be given for individuals suffering from the limitation of motion, osteoarthritis, inflammatory pain, musculoskeletal pains, and more.. 100 percent: Total incapacitating rheumatoid arthritis symptoms – total disability may require an x-ray or x-ray evidence and can often bring up the possibilities of residuals.. It is important to note that these ratings cannot be used in addition to other ratings for limited motion to accrue more VA disability benefits.. Any rheumatoid arthritis that is less severe than the above-listed symptoms is just rated on its own, such as limited motion or other rheumatic diseases.. In order to be rated under the different diagnostic codes, a limited range of motion must be confirmed with symptoms of swelling, painful motion with evidence, and muscle spasms.. VA Disability Rating for Back Pain If you experienced a back injury during active duty, or an injury that later contributed to back pain, you may be eligible for disability benefits.

Psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis, are two conditions that are often linked.. Treatment for psoriatic arthritis may include:. This could also apply if a veteran’s service-connected psoriasis caused them to develop psoriatic arthritis.. Once a claim has been filed, VA may request a Compensation and Pension exam, or C&P exam .. This exam will usually be performed by a VA physician or VA contracted physician who may physically examine the veteran, as well as ask questions regarding the veteran’s military service, their psoriatic arthritis, or symptoms of their psoriatic arthritis.. If the veteran has both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, the examiner may evaluate both.. Psoriatic arthritis, as well as spondyloarthropathies and other forms of arthritis, can be included under this diagnostic code.. If a veteran’s psoriatic arthritis is less severe than the symptoms outlined above, they can be rated under the diagnostic codes for each specific major or minor joint group.. If you have arthritis in any joint and experience pain on motion, you may be eligible to receive a separate 10 percent rating.. Importantly, you can get separate 10 percent ratings for different joints under § 4.59 as long as you are not getting the same rating twice for the same joint.. In the instance of convalescence for joint replacement, veterans will begin receiving the 100 percent recovery rating one month after discharge from the hospital.. You can apply for TDIU on its own, or you can raise it within an appeal for an increased rating.. 38 CFR § 4.16 a ( “Schedular”) – For this form of TDIU, the veteran must have: One condition rated at minimum 60 percent OR two conditions that can be combined to reach 70 percent , where one condition is at minimum 40 percent. Many U.S. Military veterans have suffered health consequences from burn pit exposure .. Some veterans who were exposed to military burn pits may have gone on to develop psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or both.

*Note: In some cases, veterans may not have to provide an actual medical diagnosis of hip pain.. Through this, veterans with hip pain who do not meet the traditional first element of service connection (i.e., current diagnosis) are still eligible for benefits.. VA disability ratings for hip pain depend on the underlying cause and the severity of the pain itself.. A hip that suffers from ankylosis (i.e., abnormal stiffening and immobility of a joint due to fusion of the bones) will be rated under Diagnostic Code 5250 as follows:. If the hip pain does not result in ankylosis, it will be rated based on limitation of motion .. Flexion – forward motion of the leg at the hip Extension – backward motion of the leg at the hip Adduction – inward motion of the leg at the hip Abduction – outward motion of the leg at the hip Rotation – twisting of the leg at the hip to turn the foot outward. If a veteran’s hip pain causes limitation of motion outside of the normal range, a disability rating will be assigned accordingly (see 38 CFR § 4.71a ).. Again, hip pain may become so severe that it requires a hip replacement .. If this is the case, veterans must inform VA of the hip replacement surgery as soon as possible.. TDIU is a disability benefit that allows for veterans to be compensated at VA’s 100 percent disability rate, even if their combined schedular rating does not equal 100 percent.. TDIU can be awarded on a schedular or extraschedular basis.. 38 CFR § 4.16 a (“Schedular”) – For this form of TDIU, the veteran must have: One condition rated at minimum 60 percent OR two conditions that can be combined to reach 70 percent , where one condition is at minimum 40 percent. Ratings veterans receive for their hip pain can contribute to their overall combined rating.. As such, a veteran with a rating for hip pain may be eligible for TDIU based on their condition.

Commonly, rheumatoid arthritis affects the hands, knees, and ankles.. To treat rheumatoid arthritis, a person may be prescribed certain medications to reduce symptoms and keep inflammation at the lowest possible level.. The veteran will also need to submit a diagnosis of their condition.. When a veteran files a claim for rheumatoid arthritis, VA may request a Compensation and Pension exam, or C&P exam .. During the exam, the examiner may physically exam the joints which have been affected by rheumatoid arthritis.. 100% —This rating is given to veterans who experience totally incapacitating rheumatoid arthritis, no matter how many joints are affected.. Military burn pits are large areas of land where waste was incinerated by the military and its contractors.. The following conditions have been linked to burn pit exposure:. Any of these bills, if passed, would offer needed relief to veterans suffering the toxic effects of burn pit exposure.. This benefit compensates veterans at the 100 percent rating level, even if their disability rating may be less than that.. 38 CFR § 4.16 a ( “Schedular”) – For this form of TDIU, the veteran must have: One condition rated at minimum 60 percent OR two conditions that can be combined to reach 70 percent , where one condition is at minimum 40 percent

The rating systems used for arthritis of the spine is the second most common rating system for spine conditions.. There are two types of arthritis that are rated under the same rating system; degenerative arthritis, and traumatic arthritis.. Both degenerative arthritis and traumatic arthritis, regardless of the joint affected, are rated under diagnostic code 5003.. Think of the first number as an identifying diagnostic code that tells you what joint is affected, while the second diagnostic code tells you the rating system the condition is being rated under.. Keep in mind that arthritis will only be rated under diagnostic code 5003 when the condition does not result in severe enough limitation of motion to be rated under the general rating formula for the spine.. If there is decreased range of motion of the cervical or thoracolumbar spine, the condition would be rated according to the general rating formula for the spine that is based off of range of motion measurements.. There must be x-ray evidence of arthritis in the cervical or thoracolumbar joints for the VA to rate a spinal condition under the code for degenerative arthritis.. The rating assigned under the rating criteria for degenerative arthritis depends on how many joint groups are affected and whether there is painful motion.

One of the factors the VA uses to measure the extent of a knee injury is functional loss , which means “normal excursion, strength, speed, coordination and endurance” is limited.. Service connection for knee conditions How the VA rates knee conditions The bilateral factor Filing for benefits Woods and Woods can help. Veterans with knee pain may have a knee condition or injury that is eligible for VA disability benefits.. Many of the VA ratings for knees involve a measurement of flexion (how much the knee can bend) and extension (how much the knee can straighten).. Meniscus issues are also a common factor in disability ratings for the knee.. Knee impairments that involve instability or dislocation (called subluxation) are rated under diagnostic code 5257 as follows:. A veteran’s VA disability benefits can increase if knee pain is in both knees.. Zack Evans, a VA-certified disability benefits lawyer, said veterans should be honest about their knee pain and instability during compensation and pension (C&P) exams.. During the exam, the doctor will ask you to demonstrate an extension or flexion of the knee.. If you have knee problems related to your military service, you deserve VA compensation.. Call us and join the thousands of veterans we have helped to receive the VA disability benefits they deserve.

You can take a medication that will relieve your symptoms.. Symptoms vary according to the severity of the condition.. Inflammation and pain in the joint can be caused by many conditions, including RA and sacroiliac joint inflammation.. The inflammation of a joint causes the pain.. Joint pain can also be a sign of a more serious condition.. The same medications can be prescribed by a doctor.. If you are experiencing more severe joint pain, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.. If osteoarthritis is not yet severe enough, doctors will often prescribe over-the-counter medication to help reduce pain.

Under a recent court of appeals decision, the VA must provide VA disability benefits for chronic pain and chronic pain syndrome even if the pain has no diagnosed cause.. This opens the VA’s disability benefits system to claims for VA disability benefits for chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia , and other medical conditions that center around pain as a primary symptom of the condition.. As mentioned above, chronic back pain would qualify for VA disability benefits for chronic pain even if the cause of the pain is undiagnosed.. By aggregating the VA disability rating for the source of the pain with the VA disability rating for the effects of the pain, the overall VA disability rating covers the entire chronic pain disorder.. While chronic myofascial pain is not clearly understood, you can obtain VA disability benefits for chronic pain merely because the pain interferes with your ability to work.. VA disability ratings for secondary disabilities connected to chronic myofascial pain syndrome can be aggregated with the VA disability rating for chronic pain.. For example, if you had a “trick knee” that was only painful on a few occasions when you joined the military but, by the time you were discharged, your knee experienced continuous and chronic pain, you might be entitled to VA disability benefits for chronic pain.. When you file your claim for VA disability benefits for chronic pain, remember to include all disabilities flowing from your chronic pain.

The minimum permanent rating for a shoulder replacement is 30 percent for a dominant arm and 20 percent for a non-dominant arm, but you could get a rating as high as 50 or 60 percent, depending on your condition.. If you have to have your entire arm and shoulder amputated, you’ll receive a 90 percent disability rating, no matter which arm it is.. If your arm cannot move 25 degrees away from your side, you’ll get a disability rating of 50 percent for a dominant arm or 40 percent for a non-dominant arm.. If you can’t raise your arm to the front or side more than 25 degrees, you’ll get a disability rating of 40 percent for a dominant arm and 30 percent for a non-dominant arm.. And if you can raise your arm to 90 degrees, or level with your shoulder, you’ll get a disability rating of 20 percent, no matter which arm the injury is on.. If your shoulder frequently dislocates after your injury, it will be given a rating of 30 percent for a dominant arm and 20 percent for a non-dominant arm.. If you’ve lost your humeral head entirely, a condition known as flail shoulder, you’ll get a disability rating of 80 percent for a dominant arm or 70 percent for a non-dominant one.. So if you have a shoulder separation and a humerus injury that rate at 20 percent each, your disability rating is not 40 percent.

If you are experiencing knee pain, a knee injury, or functional loss of the knee relating to your military service, you may be eligible for disability compensation based on a variety of factors.. However, obtaining knee ratings and disability compensation for knee pain can be tricky.. Osteomyelitis Tuberculosis of the knee Rheumatoid arthritis that affects the knees Degenerative arthritis Gout Bursitis Knee Instability Limited range of motion. The first option for obtaining a VA disability rating for knee pain is to establish a direct service connection.. In this case, you will need to provide documentation that you had knee pain or a knee disability prior to your military service, as well as documentation that your military service made that knee pain worse.. The VA will rate knee pain and conditions under many different diagnostic codes, depending on the specific problem, or problems, caused by a knee condition.. Instability of the Knee: The VA rates instability of the knee under diagnostic code 5257.. Total Knee Replacements: If your knee disability becomes so severe that a total knee replacement is required you will automatically receive a temporary 100% rating for one year post surgery.. If the pain is not severe, but you have limited range of motion in your knee, your knee will be rated according to the criteria set forth for limitation of flexion and/or limitation of extension.. Partial Knee Replacements: Unlike total knee replacements, partial knee replacements do not have their own diagnostic code.. The general rule regarding multiple ratings for the same disability is, “the evaluation of the same disability under various diagnoses is to be avoided.” However, VA regulations specifically provide that the knee joint can be evaluated under multiple diagnostic codes where there are different manifestations of the same disability.. However, if you have problems with your knee dislocating or giving out because of a service-connected disability, instability of the knee can be rated in addition to other ratings for the same knee.. To break the multiple-rating system down, if you have trouble bending your knee, straightening your leg, and your knee gives out on you, then you are entitled to three separate ratings (limitation of flexion, limitation of extension, and instability of the knee).. The only time a temporary rating for knee pain is given is when a total knee replacement is performed.

Osteoarthritis Va Disability Rating Severe joint pain is one of the most common ailments among older adults.. If your joint pain is caused by a sports injury or a serious condition, visit a doctor as soon as possible.. To relieve the pain, you should stay away from the activities that cause you to have joint pain.. Osteoarthritis Va Disability Rating Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes degeneration of the joints.. Inflammation and pain in the joint can be caused by many conditions, including RA and sacroiliac joint inflammation.. For example, a person suffering from RA may experience lower back pain or iliosacral joint pain.. Osteoarthritis Va Disability Rating Your healthcare provider will check your joints and assess the level of pain in your joints.. Osteoarthritis Va Disability Rating Inflammation can lead to joint pain.. If your joint pain is due to inflammation, your doctor will prescribe systemic medications to treat it.

Va Disability Rating For Osteoarthritis Severe joint pain is one of the most common ailments among older adults.. To relieve the pain, you should stay away from the activities that cause you to have joint pain.. Va Disability Rating For Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes degeneration of the joints.. Inflammation and pain in the joint can be caused by many conditions, including RA and sacroiliac joint inflammation.. Va Disability Rating For Osteoarthritis Your healthcare provider will check your joints and assess the level of pain in your joints.. Va Disability Rating For Osteoarthritis Inflammation can lead to joint pain.. If your joint pain is due to inflammation, your doctor will prescribe systemic medications to treat it.

A VA rating for knee pain or joint pain is determined based on multiple factors such as instability, reduced range of motion, movement without pain, and knee replacements.. 5260 – Limitation of flexion of the knee: The most common knee condition that veterans receive VA disability benefits for.. VA disability rating for knee tendonitis & VA disability rating for patellar tendonitis: Swelling of tendons in the knees, including the patellar tendons.. VA rating for partial knee replacement: While full knee replacement ratings cannot fall below 30 percent, a partial knee replacement has no minimum rating and is based on the symptoms a patient experiences after surgery.. For this reason, right knee secondary to left knee and left knee secondary to right knee are common secondary conditions that result in a bilateral VA rating.. For example, if a veteran has a 20 percent rating in their left knee for instability and a 30 percent rating in their right knee for limitation of extension, VA will combine those ratings to get a 44 percent disability rating.. If you have received your disability rating and believe it should be higher, VA allows you to submit an appeal to earn higher VA compensation for knee pain.. Depending on the nature of a veteran’s knee issues, it may be possible for them to receive multiple VA ratings for knee pain.

Regardless of what caused your condition, if your knee or leg injury is related in any way to your military service, you may be eligible for VA disability compensation for your condition(s).. Because orthopedic conditions affecting the knee and legs are rated and compensated differently depending on the diagnosis and degree of disability, it’s important that you work with your doctor or an orthopedic specialist to determine the correct diagnosis for your condition.. As stated earlier, if your knee or leg condition(s) began during or were made worse by your military service, you may be eligible for service connection and VA disability benefits.. To prove service connection to the VA, assembling your service medical records, VA medical records, military personnel files reflecting an in-service accident, diagnosis, or change of duty due to knee issues, and any other private medical records you have will help you establish a connection between your condition and your military service.. As evidenced by the rating schedules below, the highest possible schedular disability rating for any given lower leg condition is 40 percent, and the highest possible schedular disability rating for any knee impairment in 60 percent.. This is because of the so-called “ amputation rule .” An amputation of the leg below the knee is generally rated as 40 percent disabling, and above the knee as 60 percent disabling, so any knee or leg condition that falls short of amputation cannot be assigned a schedular rating higher than that.. Hyperextension – an excessive straightening of the leg at the knee joint, putting stress on the knee structures and the back of the knee joint. By far the best evidence is medical evidence (1) diagnosing you with a knee or leg condition that began in service or was made worse during your military service and (2) specifying the severity of the condition.. Additionally, in the event that the C&P examiner misrepresents the severity of your knee or leg condition, there will already be favorable medical evidence in your file showing the true severity of your condition, which can help combat unfavorable C&P exam findings.. If you are looking for assistance in filing a claim for service connection for your knee or leg condition(s), or you are hoping to improve the schedular disability rating of your already service-connected knee or leg condition(s), please do not hesitate to give us a call at the number above.

Before receiving a VA disability rating for neck pain, a veteran must prove service connection through the use of official statements and records.. To receive compensation for a neck injury disability, veterans must be able to prove that their neck pain was caused or aggravated by their time in the military.. Veterans are eligible for VA benefits if they had a neck condition prior to their time in the service that was aggravated by an event or continuous stressors.. VA uses 38 CFR § 4.71a , General Rating Formula for Diseases and Injuries of the Spine to evaluate most neck pain conditions.. 10 % rating — Forward flexion of the cervical spine over 30 degrees, but less than or equal to 40 degrees; or a combined range of motion of the cervical spine above 170 degrees but not causing abnormal spine contour or abnormal gait. For example, as a veteran begins to develop arthritis in the neck, old neck injuries from the military can start to cause more pain.. Veterans who start the application process right away are more likely to get a VA disability rating for their neck pain.. This means that your VA disability rating for neck pain will likely not be the primary rating involved in your TDIU, but it may supplement another more severe condition.. You can also appeal this decision to fight for a higher VA disability rating for your neck pain.

The way the VA Rates Knee Arthritis turns out to be a bad haircut for many, many Veterans.. In the case of arthritis of the knees, a Veteran may be entitled to 3 separate ratings for the same condition.. Pain is the most common manifestation of arthritis, and though pain is not normally a disability in the VA Rating scheme, when it comes to arthritis of the knee, it can yield a larger rating.. In fact, even if there is no limitation of motion or functional loss (a non-compensable rating), the VA can grant a rating if there is evidence that the range of motion is affected by pain when using the knee in normal repetitive use.. Example 2: Veteran has service-connected arthritis of the knee, with no limitation to his range of motion, but severe instability and the pain of the arthritis impedes the Veteran’s functional use at 45 degrees of flexion.. The VA probably is, too.

The cervical spine is towards the top, so cervical rating criteria also cover VA disability rating for neck pain or cervicalgia VA rating.. 0 percent rating: Flexion greater than or equal to 45 degrees, OR a combined ROM greater than or equal to 340 degrees 10 percent rating: Flexion between 30 and 45 degrees, OR a combined ROM between 175 and 340 degrees 20 percent rating: Flexion between 15 and 35 degrees, OR a combined ROM less than or equal to 170 degrees 30 percent rating: Flexion less than or equal to 15 degrees, OR the entire cervical spine is being stuck in a favorable position 40 percent rating: The entire cervical spine is stuck in an unfavorable position 50 percent rating: This rating does not apply to only the cervical spine 100 percent rating: The entire spine will not move and is stuck in an unfavorable position. 0 percent rating: Flexion is greater than or equal to 90 degrees, OR a combined ROM greater than or equal to 240 degrees 10 percent rating: Flexion between 60 and 90 degrees, OR a combined ROM between 125 and 240 degrees 20 percent rating: Flexion between 30 and 65 degrees, OR a combined ROM less than or equal to 120 degrees, the minimum scoliosis percent for a scoliosis VA rating.. 30 percent rating: This rating cannot be applied to the thoracolumbar spine 40 percent rating: Flexion less than or equal to 30 degrees, or the entire thoracolumbar spine is stuck in a favorable position 50 percent rating: The entire thoracolumbar spine is stuck in an unfavorable position, also called unfavorable ankylosis of the entire thoracolumbar spine .. 20 percent rating: Veteran experiences less than 3 incapacitating episodes in a year 40 percent rating: Veteran experiences 3 or more incapacitating episodes in a year and shows a clear decrease in health 60 percent rating: Veteran experiences severely incapacitating episodes at least 4 times in a year 100 percent rating: Veteran is confined to bed and completely incapacitated. The VA rating for facet arthropathy can contribute to the VA rating for degenerative arthritis of the spine.. Although it is unlikely to receive a 100 percent VA disability rating for back pain, it is possible to earn full compensation if your condition prevents you from working.

However, assessing the knee and compensating for the disability for knee pain can be difficult.. The first way to get a knee pain VA rating for knee pain is through direct service contact.. Documentation is more difficult to obtain when knee pain is related to a chronic condition, such as degenerative osteoarthritis, that has developed over time.. In addition, secondary conditions to knee problems , including:. In this case, you must provide documentation proving that you had knee pain or a knee disability prior to military service and documentation that your military service made the knee pain worse.. Veterans often use a Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) to assess a veteran’s disability.. Complete a statement describing your concerns and submit it as part of your claim file.. VA classifies knee pain and condition into many different diagnostic codes, depending on the specific problem or problem caused by the knee condition.. There are assessments that can be used for knee instability, extension limitation, knee replacement, etc.. This way, you can be sure that the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide an adequate percentage and any compensation you may be entitled to in the event of a knee injury for veterans disability compensation .. The diagnostic code is 5260 Flexion limit, if the knee is stretched but not fully flexed, it will be awarded a score of less than 5260 according to the scoring criteria.. This classification is based on the amount of knee flexion or VA disability rating for knee injury .. VA assesses knee instability with diagnostic code 5257.. So, as long as your knee disorder affects you in different ways, you can score higher for VA disability rating for chronic knee pain .. However, if you have a dislocated or bulging knee due to a service-related disability, you may also be evaluated for knee instability in addition to other evaluations of the same knee.

The key to obtaining a VA disability rating for ankle instability is to prove service connection.. Examples of occurrences that lead to ankle instability may include a slip and fall injury; rolling your ankle while marching, running, or walking in service; or injuring your ankle in active combat.. Medical Nexus Connecting the Disability to the Occurrence: Your doctor or other medical professionals must be able to connect the stated occurrence with the resulting ankle instability.. Another way of obtaining a VA rating for ankle instability is by proving a secondary service connection .. A secondary service connection occurs when you can connect your ankle instability with another service-connected injury or issue.. If your doctor can prove that the ankle instability on the left side was caused due to you favoring your right ankle because of your broken foot, that could prove secondary service connection for your ankle instability.. If you were diagnosed with ankle instability before you entered active service, it may still be possible to prove service connection to receive VA disability benefits.

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