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Work Injury Causing Mechanical or Neurogenic Back Pain

A work injury causing mechanical or neurogenic back pain is compensable under workers compensation law in Wisconsin if supported by a treating physician and the administrative law judge.  To best understand the cause of your pain, spine specialists sometimes divide low back pain into two categories:

Mechanical or Neurogenic Back Pain

Work injuries can result in mechanical or neurogenic back pain.  McCormick Law Office workers compensation attorneys get the best results by reviewing records to determine the type of low back pain a worker experienced.  It makes a stronger worker's compensation claim if the nature of the injury is consistent  with a worker's job duties and the work accident.

Spinal Facet Disease - Don't Take It Lying Down

Occasionally working people with back pain are diagnosed with spinal facet disease or syndrome.  Insurance company doctors, the IME doctor, like to say this is a degenerative condition that most people will get it to one degree or another and that its essentially old age.  Live with it, case closed.  No, fact is, in most people facet degeneration is asymptomatic and one would never know it unless a scan was done.  In people who are symptomatic and diagnosed, honest doctors will agree that a worker's job duties over time can contribute to the formation and acceleration of the facet disease - that it is a work-related condition for which an injured worker should be compensated.

Healthier Eating Habits and Less Back Pain

The following story from North American Spine explains that healthier eating habits may result in less back pain.  There is a considerable amount of medical literature linking obesity with back injuries and pain. But the basis for this relationship isn't clear. It is widely though and assumed that back pain naturally discourages participation in athletic activity, and a sedentary lifestyle promotes weight gain. Now a research study, reported on Reuters Health, may provide an explanation for this connection and also suggest how adapting healthier eating habits will help treat back pain.

Discography - Diagnosing Low Back Pain

Discography or a discogram, is a diagnostic procedure performed to confirm or rule out an intervertebral disc as the source of a person's low back pain or neck pain for that matter.  After local anesthetic is applied, a needle injects fluid into the disc between the vertebrae, the resulting pressure may cause pain in a damaged disc.  Next, dye is injected into the discs and a special x-ray called a CT scan takes a picture of the disc, identifying the damage in the disc by where the dye leaks to.  In a damaged disc, the dye may leak into fissures called annular tears.  Discogram results by themselves do not normally determine a surgical decision.  A discogram study is another piece of evidence, along with MRI results, x-rays, and clinical findings, that help the surgeon and the patient decide on surgery for back pain.

Neuropathy - Nerve Back Pain

Many workers' compensation clients have back pain.  After a low back injury is healed, sometimes there remains chronic pain.  Nerve pain, or neuropathy, is a common causes of chronic pain.  Chronic pain can lead to depression and devastating effects on a person's family, social lives and careers.  Understanding the source of your pain is the first step to finding a solution.

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