${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt} Get a Free Consultation

Automobile Collisions / Workers' Compensation

414-272-3636 877-412-7409

Spondylolysis Archives

Workers Compensation Spondylolysis Rehabilitation

Spondylolysis can be a work-related condition and form the basis of a workers compensation claim in some circumstances. It may be the result of a violent traumatic work incident or from job duties causing excessive, repeated strain on the low back. Workers who repeatedly bend backwards, can get it, as well as a worker who falls onto his or her back, or suffers a heavy blow.

Workers Compensation Spondylolysis Treatment Surgery

Spondylolysis mostly manifests in the lumbar spine as a fracture in the bony ring on the back of the vertebrae. It is usually caused as a result of a violent traumatic incident or excessive, repeated strain on the low back. The area affected is called the pars interarticularis, so doctors sometimes refer to this condition as a pars defect. Workers who repeatedly bend backwards, can get it, as well as a worker who falls onto his or her back, or suffers a heavy blow. Many individuals with spondylolysis will develop spondylolisthesis, which is the forward displacement of a vertebral bone over the vertebrae beneath it.

Workers Compensation Spondylolysis Treatment Nonsurgical

Spondylolysis is a crack in the bony ring on the vertebrae, usually in the lumbar or low back spine. With spondylolyis, the bone that protects the spinal cord fractures as a result of a violent traumatic incident or excessive, repeated strain. The area affected is called the pars interarticularis, so doctors sometimes refer to this condition as a pars defect. Workers who repeatedly bend backwards, can get it, as well as someone who falls onto their back or suffers a heavy blow. Many individuals with spondylolysis will develop spondylolisthesis, which is the forward displacement of a vertebral bone over the vertebrae beneath it.

Workers Compensation Spondylolysis Diagnosis

Spondylolysis diagnosis begins with a complete history and physical exam. The doctor will ask questions about the worker's symptoms and how the problem is affecting his or her daily activities. It is important that the worker explains how his job duties affect his or her symptoms, if they do. Doctors may suspect if certain activities impact spondylolysis symptoms. The doctor will also want to know what physical positions or activities make the symptoms worse or better.

Workers Compensation Spondylolysis Symptoms

Spondylolysis is an anatomical deficit in the bony ring of the vertebrae on the back of the spinal column. Insurance company doctors, IME, almost always say spondylolysis is congenital and not related to work. Its not that simple and a careful look at all the facts can determine a work-related basis for a workers compensation claim. Spondylolysis may cause workers to feel pain and stiffness in the center of the low back. Extending or bending backward increases pain. Symptoms typically get worse with activity and go away with rest. Doctors refer to this type of back pain as mechanical pain because it most likely comes from excess movement between the vertebrae. 

Workers Compensation Spondylolysis Causes

Spondylolysis happens when a crack forms in the bony ring on the back of the spinal column. Workers with spondylolysis may feel pain and stiffness in the center of the low back. Bending fully backward increases pain. Symptoms typically get worse with activity and go away with rest. Doctors refer to this type of back pain as mechanical pain because it most likely comes from excess movement between the vertebrae. Workers may eventually experience pain that radiates down one or both legs. This pain may come from pressure and irritation on the nerves that exit the spinal canal near the fracture. When nerve pressure in the low back causes leg pain, doctors refer it as neurogenic pain.

Workers Compensation Spondylolysis Anatomy

Spondylolysis happens when a crack forms in the bony ring on the back of the spinal column. Most commonly, this occurs in the low back. In this condition, the bone that protects the spinal cord fractures as a result of excessive or repeated strain. The area affected is called the pars interarticularis, so doctors sometimes refer to this condition as a pars defect.

Workers Comp Spondylolysis

Insurance companies usually argue that spondylolysis is not work-related and they deny coverage under workers compensation.  Its not that clear cut and can in fact be work-related.  Spondylolysis happens when a crack forms in the bony ring on the back of the spinal column. Most commonly, this occurs in the low back. In this condition, the bone that protects the spinal cord fractures as a result of excessive or repeated strain. The area affected is called the pars interarticularis, so doctors sometimes refer to this condition as a pars defect.

Free Initial Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Keep In Touch

McCormick Law Office
829 North Marshall Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Toll Free: 877-412-7409
Phone: 414-272-3636
Map & Directions