Rarely is a Wisconsin work-related cervical or neck injury case scheduled for immediate surgery. The doctor may suggest immediate surgery if there are signs of pressure developing on the spinal cord or if muscles are becoming weaker very rapidly. But most of the time, even in the case of cervical radiculopathy, shooting pain down the arm, conservative treatment for the work injury will be pursued. For most work-related neck conditions, doctors prefer to try nonsurgical treatments for a minimum of three months before considering surgical options. Most people with neck pain tend to get better, not worse. Even people who have degenerative spine changes tend to gradually improve with time. Surgery may be suggested when severe pain is not improving.
Workers Compensation Lumbar Disc Herniation Rehabilitation after surgery is more complex. Some patients leave the hospital shortly after surgery. However, some surgeries require patients to stay in the hospital for a few days. Patients who stay in the hospital may visit with a physical therapist in the hospital room soon after surgery. The treatment sessions help patients learn to move and do routine activities without putting extra strain on the back.
If Workers Compensation Lumbar Disc Herniation symptoms persist despite all nonsurgical treatment, surgery may be recommended. However, if signs appear that pressure is building on the spinal nerves, surgery may be required, sometimes right away. But in the typical case, surgery is considered only after conservative treatment such as rest, physical therapy, and injections. In Wisconsin, comp benefits called TTD are due while off for surgery and recovery.
For workers comp low back pain, lumbar spine surgery generally comes only after exhaustion of conservative treatment. An injured should not make a medical decision for or against surgery based on how they think it will affect their workers compensation case. Lawyers can advise clients on legal implications of treatment decisions, but the decisions should be left to the client in consultation with his or her medical professionals. There are many different operations for back pain. The goal of nearly all spine operations is to remove pressure from the nerves of the spine, stop excessive motion between two or more vertebrae, or both. The type of surgery that is best depends on a patient's conditions and symptoms.
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:
Injured workers ask can workers comp deny surgery after they have already been paying medical bills and disability benefits? The answer should be no, but yes they do it all the time.
Can MRI results predict surgery success? Workers' compensation employees with an injured neck or low back may have a cervical or lumbar MRI documenting a bulging or herniated disc. The herniated disc causes a pinched nerve resulting in radicular pain down the arm or leg. Surgery may be recommended. Unfortunately there is no correlation between pre-surgical MRI results and post-surgery recovery.
What causes a herniated disc is a question worker's compensation clients have when facing surgery or light duty work restrictions. Intervertebral discs are jelly doughnut-like shock absorbers between the vertebrae bones that form our spinal column. A bulging disc occurs when the nucleus pulposus (jelly) in the center of the disc pushes out of its normal space and into the annulus fibrosus (dough). The nucleus presses against the annulus causing the disc to bulge outward. Sometimes the nucleus pushes completely through the annulus and squeezes out of the disc, a herniation.