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Doctor won't sign medical release. What to do?

Discussion in 'Divers with Disabilities' started by AndrewST, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. GI0Ria

    GI0Ria Nassau Grouper

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    what is the 200m swim? :confused: lol I never did that- or was explained to be doing it when I was certifiying ... Ok I am now thinking my certification was a group nightmare I was a part of... Not sure why it seemed so real :p
     
  2. seacreatures

    seacreatures Nassau Grouper

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    Find a real Doctor! Not a Duck who knows nothing of water or water therapy, I don't know of a better why to re-leave pressure on a injured spine? :idk: Sign a release releasing the Doctor:wink: Find a Diving Doctor who drives a car instead of a buggy.
     
  3. seacreatures

    seacreatures Nassau Grouper

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    Can you say ADA? Stick with the tech:wink: Or a Davit if that is what you need......
     
  4. seacreatures

    seacreatures Nassau Grouper

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    Location: Riverside CA
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    Just remember water is a great equalizer and dolphins don't have legs, but I would buddy with one:wink: This is SCUBA not rocket science sorry to burst a few macho bubbles, but he just has to know his limits and dive within them, don't see the problem? You don't tell someone they can't or you might be summing your own life up, because most can.....:)
     
  5. FrogManMike

    FrogManMike Nassau Grouper

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    Location: Rossville Georgia
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    My disability was the major contributing factor for my decision for getting back into sport diving. Water therapy is pretty much my only option for physical fitness/training because i have severe arthritis in all my joints not to mention sitting around the house has caused me to gain a lot of weight in the past couple of years :goingdown::goingdown: and being in water takes the stress off of my joints. I am very aware of my limitations and I am much more comfortable and have a lot more mobility with a pair of fins in the water than hobbling around on land with this cane or on bad days a walker.
    I don't plan on doing any more wreck, cave, offshore or open water dives but doing unlimited bottom time dives is well within my ability's

    Of the OP's Dad can Do water therapy I am having a hard time seeing why he cannot snorkel and do some light diving within his ability:goingdown:
     
  6. FrogManMike

    FrogManMike Nassau Grouper

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    Location: Rossville Georgia
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    LOL I agree 100%:D
     
  7. GI0Ria

    GI0Ria Nassau Grouper

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    After a spine surgery I took a deep water jogging class, I did research on it because I was unsure if I was doing more damage than good. I found out people pay big bucks for pretty much the exact classes I was taking (phys. ed. @ my school offered this). Also it seems this has been well studied over time to be very useful to the spine injury/healing process. It isn't hard to find tons of information on water therapy for spine injuries online. It is suggested as a top therapy, which makes since, in water you don't carry your weight like you do in water, gravity is not a factor like it is outside of water.

    Find a different doctor- !
    Good luck,
     
  8. pasley

    pasley Instructor, Scuba

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    Not a doctor and not in any manner suggesting this is true for anyone else. But the following is a a report from a dive buddy of mine.
    T8-9 Paraplegic for over 30 years and in pain that entire time. Taking morphine, vicadan and another heavy drug for pain. SCUBA diving gives her relief from her pain and she can feel her toes when she dives. Last week, after laying in bed for 2 weeks due to the pain (she tweaked her back somehow), we hit the water for a much needed dive. This week, a little vicadan from time to time is all she needs.
     

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