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Workers Compensation Spinal Compression Fracture Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after work-related vertebral a compression fracture can be a slow process. If unable to work, one should be receiving workers comp benefits while attending therapy sessions and understand recovery can take time.

Workers Compensation Spinal Compression Fracture Treatment

Treatment for a spinal compression fracture at work begins with nonsurgical options. Falls, car accidents and occasionally lifting or exertion beyond tolerances a particular back can take cause work-related compression fractures. Workers compensation should be there if permanent work restrictions result. The insurance company does not have to tell you what your rights are and they don't. The majority of patients with compression fractures are treated without surgery. Literature indicates most compression fractures heal within eight weeks with simple remedies of medicine, rest, and perhaps a back brace.

Workers Comp Spinal Compression Fracture Symptoms and Diagnosis

A work-related spinal compression fracture may cause little or no pain at first. Sometimes pain is centered over the area where the fracture has occurred. The collapsed vertebra gives the spine a hunched appearance, and the loss of vertebral height shortens the muscles on each side of the spine. This forces the back muscles to work harder, causing muscle fatigue and pain. When pain does occur, it usually goes away after a few weeks. However, back pain sometimes escalates to the point that patients seek medical help.

Workers Compensation Spinal Compression Fracture Causes

A spinal compression fracture in the workers compensation context often results from a fall or a motor vehicle accident. Of course there may very well be predisposing factors involved, but that does not obviate the compensability of the injury under workers compensation if the work accident contributed to the ultimate fractured vertebrae.

Workers Compensation Spinal Compression Fracture

A spinal compression fracture often forms the basis of a workers compensation injury. This post will discuss compression fractures generally and how they related to on the job injuries as well. In the general population, most compression fractures are related to osteoporosis. Spine bones that are weakened from osteoporosis may become unable to support normal stress and pressure. As a result, something as simple as coughing, twisting, or lifting can cause a vertebra to fracture. On the job, an injury to the spine, such as from a hard fall on the buttocks or blow to the head, can cause a spinal compression fracture. We have seen compression fractures as a result of ladder falls, falls from scaffolding and hitting the windshield in an automobile collision. Compression fractures can occur in the cervical and lumbar spines, but most often we see them in the thoracic spine. Workers compensation benefits for temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, loss of earning capacity, retraining and occasionally permanent total disability can be due as a result of compression fractures. It is very important that the doctor's office have an accurate and complete history of the accident or incident causing the spinal compression fracture.

Is a Spinal Compression Fracture Work-Related

A Spinal Compression Fracture can certainly be work related.  Compression fractures are the most common type of fracture affecting the spine. A compression fracture of a spine bone (vertebra) causes the bone to collapse in height.  A work injury to the spine, such as from a hard fall on the buttocks or blow to the head, or a fall landing on your back can cause a spinal compression fracture.  

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