Constable v. Astrue, No. 5:2011cv00023 - Document 24 (W.D. Va. 2012)

Court Description: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by District Judge Michael F. Urbanski on 6/11/2012. (jat)
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Fi s ,i i cl rf om pl i if st e t e r cor t ts s f r f om s ve e r t t s ea r a ntf ' r a m nt e ds ha he uf e s r e r os e t opor i , nd t scondii ne dst be t r ughl e l t d by t Com m i s o ro os s a hi ton e o ho o y va ua e he s i ne n r ma Pl ntf sm e ca r c dsr peae y r f rt he ose os s Eac oft sae e nd. ai if di l e or e t dl e e o r t opor i . h he tt ag yphysca rporsi c t dll me ca e de eesabls me cal deemi bl enc iin e t ndiae 'the di l vi nc t ihes di ly tr na e i i nt ofOse ossa de neai ba kdioder' ( nitai Re r tR. a mpanne s topor i nd ge rtve c s r .' Admi sr tve co d û ' t ' 353,375,394. Pl ntf ste tngphyscanor e aDEXA bonede iomer 'dat J y 3, ) ai if r ai ii derd nst ty ed ul 2007,whihi c t t tû(l pate meesW HO2ciei f ose oss' ( 294. The c ndiaed ha lthe int t rtra or topor i. 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Se cond, hi ca e i unus li t tt r a e c lc i opi ons by m uli e sa e ag ncy t s s s ua n ha he e r onfi tng ni tpl t t e physci ns a t pl i if sr i ualf tona ca c t On Se em be 11,2007, r R . Ka a i a s o a ntf es d unc i l pa iy. pt r D . S. di n co l d bas d on a r vi w ofpl i if sm edi alr c dst tpl i ifw asca bl ofw or ng nc ude e e e a ntf c e or ha a ntf pa e ki a t lghtlve ofe ri ( 3 5 ) Thr mont ltr onDe embe 1 2007, .Sye t he i e l xeton. R. 47-2. ee hs ae, c r 4, Dr d H a s n di a e d,fndi t tu s a s gr e i ng ha pon r vi w ofpl n if s m e c lr or t ts wasca bl of e e ai tf di a ec ds ha he pa e wor nga t s de ay lvelwihaddiinalra hi a ha i lmiains ( 370- ) ki t he e ntr e t to e c ng nd ndlng i tto . R. 75. 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D r N e l ' e m i ton r po tnot d pl i i f s w l xa ned a n i f an r . we ls xn na i e r e a ntf hit y ofos e s or t opor i ,os eoa t ii ,c oni daiy he dac s a fbr m ya gi Ther por a s os s t rhrts hr c l a he nd i o l a. e t lo not a Jul 2007 l barM RIs i dif l bar s ed y um how ng f use um pondyl s and t r tofa DEX A osi he esul 4 s an i c tng os e c ndi a i t opor i i t l ba s ne a m i t On e m i t o Dr New e lf os s n he um r pi nd s . xa na i n, . l ound pl i ift l ve ti rpoi s i t s a ntf o ç ha r gge nt n he ubocc pia , r pez us Sl t oc nt r c m edi lknee i t l ta i , , r ha e i , a , a e i c s ,m e a e bo a e a ove t bia e a f ea m a e s. Thi i c i t ntw ih nt ror he t di l l w r as nd r he l t r l or r r a s s ons s e t fbr l a lc 1 1 ti rpoit.'R.385. 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Th r i dfu e we k e s d t o r x rmi on s y ee s if s a n s ue o ge r i d pai de ndii ng, t o os s ne alze n, co toni os e por i . ( 385. Bas o hi e mi to Dr Newellmie pli ift 2- hour o sa nga R. ) ed n s xa nain, . l i td antf o 4 s f tndi nd wa ki i an 8ho wor y.Helm ied he sti t 4- hour .Helm ie he lfi a l ng n ur kda i t r itng o 6 s i t d r it nd ng ca r ng t 1 poundsf eque l a 1 1 pou oc as o ly. Dr N e e li l d a pos ur l r yi o 0 r nty nd 0- 5 nds c i na l . w l nc ude t a lm ia i w ih r pec t be ng,s oo ng a s ti due t he os e i t ton t es t o ndi t pi nd qua tng o r t opor i i he s ne. os s n r pi H e lm ie he t oc s ona r a ng,no ove he d r ac ng a oc asona ha i f e i i t d r o ca i l e chi r a e hi nd c i l ndlng, e lng, gr s ng a fnge i Fi ly,Dr N e e lopi d t tpl i tf c d notdo r pe ii a pi nd i rng. na l . w l ne ha a n if oul e ttve ma pultonsonafeque ba i d t he DEXA ose osss e.( 38 8 ) Dr ni ai r nt ss ue o r topor i cor R. 5- 6. . N e e l sr por ge r ly c im st r s dua f tonalc pac t f w l' e t ne a l onfr he e i l unc i a iy ound by Dr H a s n. . sa Seve da l t r o J nua y 1 2008, r A m os s g d a t RFC f m s a i n ys a e , n a r 6, D . i ne no her or t tng pl i ifhad t ca ciy t pe f a ntf he pa t o r onn lghtw or I t na r tve por i oft s RFC f m , . i k. n he r a i ton hi or Dr Amosi cii lofDr Ne l' e uai con udi t tûgl oft opi onsct i t s rtca . wels val ton, cl ng ha tsome he ni ied n he rpor aeviwe asanoveesi t oft sveiyoft cai ntsf inalr titons'( e tr e d r tmae he e rt he l ma ' uncto esrci ,'R. 39 , ndhes 4) a uggesst tDr Ne lsrpor i t yas ps oft cli ntsf to ng t ha . wel' e t s d onl na hot he ama ' uncini a di a o ee tmaeof h sv rt o h rlmiains' ( 3 5. Att ee do ted y n s n v r si t t e e e i f e i tto . R. 9 ) h n f h a , y ' t r or t r a e t s a e a nc doc or w ho c ude t tpl ntf coul do lghtw o k he ef e, he e r wo t t ge y t s oncl d ha ai if d i r a t o,i l ng t onl e m i ng doc or who f nd w nc udi he y xa ni t , ound t ts i lm ie t l s t n ha he s i t d o e s ha s den a y wor e tr k. The ALJ t dopt d t m s s en s ofD D S D r . a a and Am osbe aus t y a e t a e he s es m t s K di n c e he r co it ntwih t ot rc edi e e denc ofr c d,' ndco l edt tlheopi onsofDr . nsse t he he r bl vi e e or 'a ncud ha f t ni s Hasana Ne l aeno s pore byt wei oft evi nce' ( 88. Gi npl ntf' s nd wel r t up td he ght he de .' R. ) ve ai ifs w e ldoc e e hi t r ofos e l um nt d s o y t opor i ,l ba de ne a i di c di ea e a m i a ne os s um r ge r tve s s s nd gr i he c t oug the te t ntr c ds i i difc tt unde sa how t ALJc d ha ada hes hr hou r r a me e or , t s fi ul o r tnd he oul ve r ac d t sconcuson. Ce t nl t ALJ Sde sonpr de nor a one ba i f a e i e he hi l i rai y, he ' cii ovi s e s d ss or cc ptng t o ni of Dr . din a Am osove t tofDr Ne l, he pi ons s Ka a nd r ha . wel who acualy e mi pli if t l xa ned antf, a D r Has a nd . s n. Gi n t d lng a s s m e s oft s a e a nc phys ci ns i i difcul asw e lt ve he ue i s e s nt he t t ge y i a , t s fi t l o unde s a t e e w ih w hi h t A LJ dim i s d t opi ons ofpl ntf ' l tm e te tng r t nd he as t c he s s e he ni ai i f s ong i r a i physcin, .Dn L. ry. TheALJrj tdDr Per sdia lt opi ons dimisnghi i a Dr nny Per eece . ry' sbiiy ni , s si s te t ntnoe a l lr ae'( 79,86) a s ultngt thi dia lt o ni wer rame ts s ' eplt,'R. boi , nd pec ai ha s sbiiy pi ons e motvae bya t dvoca yr e. ( 8 ) l s i de di t pli ifc d silpe f m i td n i a c ol ' R. 2. n um,n ci ng hat antf oul tl ror ' lghtw or t A LJ a i k, he dopt d t opi onsoft o s a e a nc doc or w ho ne rs pl i if e he ni w t t ge y t s ve aw a ntf ove t vi ws oft ee ot rdoc o s one ofw hom e m i d pl ntf a one ofw hom tea e r he e hr he tr , xa ne ai i f nd r td h rf rs v r l e r.Th ALJSd cso c nan n p ru sv r a o f r ee t gt eve e o e ea y a s e ' e ii n o ti s o es a ie e s n o rj ci h iws n oft exa i ng a t e i ph i i nsi t sca e e pec a l w he e t e opi onsa e ba ed he m ni nd r atng ys c a n hi s , s i ly r hos ni r s onci c j me sando eci rporss ha t DEXA sudya a2007l rM RI lnialudg nt bj tve e t uc s he t nd umba . Undert hese cicum s ances,t courti com peled t concl t t A LJ' deci i t as gn a r t he s l o ude hat he S s on o si r s dua f nc i na ca ciy a t lghtw o k l ve nl a o oft t e tng phys c a r e a i e i l u to l pa t t he i r e l ns f ul he r a i i i n ul nd s nots upporedbys tnta e de .SeeHi sv.Ban t453F. 559,563( hCi. t ubsa il vi nce ne rhar, 3d 4t r 2006) (xpli ngt tc t t c l ta c dgr ae weghtt t tsi e ani ha ours ypialy dc or e tr i o he etmonyofateai ph i a r tng yscin bec us t t e tng phys c an ha ne es a iy e m i d t a i an a ha a te t e a e he r a i ii s c s rl xa ne he pplc t nd s r a m nt rltons pwiht a ia ) 20C. R.j40 1 27*4 (t ne al wegi mo ewei t eai hi t he pplc nf'; F. 4.5 ( 2) C r ly, Ge ve r gh t o ni fom yourteai s c s'. o pi ons r r tng oure ' ) C. Fi ly, he A ppea sCot ci dec i d t c i rt m e ca r or s it d t i, na l t l m l lne o ons de he di l ec ds ubm te o t c udi t tt y r l t t a perod a t rt A LJ' de s on on D e e be 18, oncl ng ha he e a ed o i f e he S ci i c m r 2009. W hie l t ti t e, he m edi alr cor ,i l ng a ne l ba s ne M RIda e J y 22, 0, ha s nl t c e ds nc udi w um r pi t d ul 201 c r a nl r fec c i i n oft c lo c de ne a i is pl ntf ha s r e w ih f e t i y e l t ontnuato he lr ni , ge r tve s ues ai i f s t uggl d t or y r be or t A LJ' de s on. A ss h,t y s d be c i r by t Com m i s one on ea s f e he S cii uc he houl ons de ed he si r r a em nd. 1 11. Fort s r s , he Suppl m e a Re t nd Rec m enda i da e Apr l1 201 i he e ea ons t e nt l por a om ton t d i 0, 2 s ADOPTED a t sc s i REM ANDED t t Co misone f f rherc i r ton nd hi a e s o he m s i r or u t onsde a i co itn hee t purua t snt ef of42U. C.j405() nsse t rwih s nt o e enc our S. g. 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