The VA awards disability compensation for muscle hernias that are service-connected. The DoD will also rate service-connected muscle hernias as long as they also make the service member Unfit for Duty. For Reservists, the hernia must have occurred in the Line of Duty to qualify.
A muscle hernia occurs when a muscle develops a hole through which other tissues or organs can protrude.
Unlike other muscle conditions, muscle hernias are NOT rated on the Slight to Severe Scale. Instead, the muscle hernia codes use criteria that reflect how the hernia affects the body part affected or the surrounding body systems. Since muscle hernias can affect any part of the body and many internal systems, the intent of muscle hernia ratings is to best rate the main symptoms caused by the hernia.
There are two codes for muscle hernias: code 5324 for hernias of the diaphragm and code 5326 for general muscle hernias. See The Muscle Hernia Ratings page for exact rating details. For internal hernias of the digestive system, see The Ratings for the Digestive System page.