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Workers Comp Low Back Pain Options

Low back pain is a constant companion for many workers compensation injured workers with a serious low back or lumbar injury. Neurogenic or mechanical lumbar, or cervical, pain too often become a problem for injured workers. In general, pain is the primary reason 75 percent of patients seek emergency treatment in hospitals and urgent care centers.

Are Low Back Pain Symptoms Work-Related?

Are low back pain symptoms work-related in Wisconsin workers compensation cases First, what are some of the symptoms of low back problems? Symptoms from low back problems vary. They depend on a person's condition and which structures are affected. Some of the more common symptoms of low back problems are:

Low Back Pain is Work Related

Low back pain is work related legally in three different ways.  But first, medically, there are many causes of low back pain. Doctors are not always able to pinpoint the source of a patient's pain. But your doctor will make every effort to arrive at an appropriate differential diagnosis.  The vast majority of back problems are a result of wear and tear on the parts of the spine over many years. This process is called degeneration. Over time, the normal process of aging can result in degenerative changes in all parts of the spine.  However, physical, strenuous activity such as job duties over time can accelerate the degenerative process.  Apart from degeneration, an acute injury to the spine, such as a fracture or injury to the disc, can make a discrete injury or degeneration happen even faster.  Also, environmental factors such as diet and smoking can damage the spine and there is a genetic role in spinal health as well.  But even with lifestyle choices and family history, if a work injury or job duties accelerate a spinal condition, it is work-related.  The next blog will discuss the medicine of degeneration and spinal pain, now let's understand legally what low back pain is work related.

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