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Work-related Degenerative Disc Disease Fusion Surgery

Employees with degenerative disc disease from work duties over time have a workers compensation claim in Wisconsin if a doctor gives an expert opinion confirming causation. Then medical bills and temporary total disability benefits are payable. Very often the workers compensation insurer denies the claim with an independent medical exam or IME and the case proceeds with an attorney helping the injured worker. Most DDD cases are not surgical, but occasionally a fusion is necessary according to the doctors.

Work-related Degenerative Disc Disease Surgery

Injured workers with degenerative disc disease tend to gradually improve over time. Most do not need surgery. Some studies indicate only one to three percent of patients with degenerative disc problems typically require surgery. Doctors prefer to try nonsurgical treatment for a minimum of three months before considering surgery. If, after this period, nonsurgical treatment hasn't improved symptoms, the doctor may recommend surgery. The main types of surgery for degenerative disc problems include:

Work-related Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

Degenerative disc disease treatment for an injured worker is nonsurgical and surgical. Almost all people over a certain age have some degree of degenerative disc disease. The question we are concerned with is whether an employee with a physical job has had his or her DDD aggravated or accelerated by their physical job duties at work over a period of time. If so, then they have a workers compensation claim. This is a medical and legal question which an experienced workers compensation attorney can help determine.

How is Work Related Degenerative Disc Disease Diagnosed?

Degenerative disc disease in injured workers is only diagnosed after the worker goes to a doctor because symptoms have gotten to the point where he or she cannot deal with them on their own anymore. This point is likely years after the degenerative process has been slowly developing. Its important to recall that we all have degenerative disc disease to one degree or another. Our focus here is the employee who has a physical job in which his or her job duties have contributed to the acceleration of the degeneration.

Work-Related Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms and Diagnosis?

Degenerative disc disease symptoms often include pain in the center of the low back as often the first symptom. Injured employees may notice this in the morning before going to work and then in the evening after work. It can starts to affect workers in their twenties or thirties, but is most common in the fifties or sixties. Pain tends to worsen after heavy physical activity or staying in one posture for a long time. The back may also begin to feel stiff. Resting the back eases pain. At first, symptoms only last a few days.

Is Degenerative Disc Disease Work Related?

Yes, degenerative disc disease can be work-related or caused by job duties over time. It is very important that the injured worker explain to every doctor or therapist he or she sees the type of physical job duties required of them. The intervertebral discs in the lower spine are commonly blamed for low back pain. Yet low back pain has many possible causes, and doctors aren't always certain why symptoms occur. IME doctors like to pass off degenerative disc disease as age related, ignoring that DDD can be caused by job duties too.

Workers Comp Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease Surgery Rehab

Lumbar degenerative disc disease rehabilitation in worker's compensation cases can be divided as nonsurgical and following surgery. This post discusses rehabilitation after surgery. DDD can be aggravated by an on the job accident or DDD can be caused by job duties over time. Accordingly, any rehabilitation plan should take into account the nature of the job duties and what precipitated the aggravation of DDD to the point where medical care was necessary. The goal is for the injured worker to return to work a quickly and safely as possible.

Workers Comp Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease Rehab

Lumbar degenerative disc disease rehabilitation can be divided as nonsurgical and following surgery. DDD can be aggravated by an on the job accident or DDD can be caused by job duties over time. Accordingly, any rehabilitation plan should take into account the nature of the job duties and what precipitated the aggravation of DDD to the point where medical care was necessary.

Workers Comp Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease Fusion Surgery

Lumbar degenerative disc disease diagnosis fusion surgery for an injured worker is usually a last resort after a trial of conservative treatment options. Fusion surgery joins two or more bones into one solid bone. This prevents the bones and joints from moving. The procedure is sometimes done with a discectomy. Mechanical pain is eased because the fusion holds the moving parts steady, so they can't cause irritation and inflammation. The main types of fusion for degenerative disc problems include anterior lumbar interbody fusion, posterior lumbar fusion and combined fusion. DDD can be aggravated by an on the job accident or DDD can be caused by job duties over time. Expert medical opinion is necessary to prove degenerative disc disease is work-related.

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