In degenerative disc disease, what parts of the spine are involved? In worker's comp, the area usually involved is the low back or lumbar spine vertebrae. An intervertebral disc sits between each pair of vertebrae. Think of the disc as a jelly donut. The dough or outside is the annulus, made of tough connective tissue fibers called collagen. These fibers help the disc withstand tension and pressure when jump, turn, twist and lift - the kind of things involved in a physical job like warehouse work or construction to name just two. The disc normally works like a shock absorber protecting the spine during strenuous activities.
Workers comp low back pain diagnostic tests to determine a herniated disc from a work accident or job duties over time include the following. Keep in mind every case is different and only a doctor with benefit of a good history and clinical examination is in a position to determine which tests are appropriate.
Workers Comp low back pain symptoms vary from person to person. They depend on a person's condition and which structures are affected. Work related lumbar injury symptoms include low back pain, pain spreading into the buttocks and thighs, pain radiating from the buttock to the foot, back stiffness and reduced range of motion, muscle weakness in the hip, thigh, leg, or foot and sensory changes (numbness, prickling, or tingling) in the leg, foot, or toes.
Workers comp low back pain can result from different work-related spine conditions from the effects of spine degeneration or a single back injury. Some of these spinal conditions include:
To best understand the cause of low back pain, spine specialists sometimes divide it into two categories: mechanical back pain and neurogenic back pain.
There are many causes of low back pain. Workers compensation cases come in two types: immediate traumatic injury or wear and tear over time. At McCormick Law Office we handle both types of causation every day. The wear and tear type is called degeneration. Over time, the normal process of aging can result in degenerative changes in all parts of the spine. Injuries to the spine, such as a fracture or injury to the disc, can make the changes happen even faster. The intervertebral disc, the jelly doughnut shock absorber, changes over time. At first, the disc is spongy and firm. The nucleus in the center of the disc contains a great deal of water. This gives the disc its ability to absorb shock and protect the spine from heavy and repeated forces.
To understand low back pain from in the workers compensation setting, it is important for the workers comp attorney to have a working knowledge of lumbar spine anatomy. The human spine is made up of 24 bones, called vertebrae, which are stacked on top of one another to create the spinal column. The spinal column gives the body its upright form and provides our primary support for standing erect.
Low back pain is one of the primary causes of Wisconsin workers compensation claims. Serious lumbar injuries can prevent a return to a physical job for many workers. If a doctor assigns permanent, work related restrictions there can be a claim for workers compensation benefits for loss of earning capacity, vocational retraining and/or permanent disability.
Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for doctor visits and workers compensation claims in the United States. It is associated with increased healthcare costs as well as lost wages and decreased work productivity.