bulging disk, disk dessication, and annual tear, workers compensation?
Question by flower: bulging disk, disk dessication, and annual tear, workers compensation?
I am been dealing with workers compensation for over 2 yr regarding my neck and upper back. The only treatment i am receiving right now is Chiro. Due to the horrific pain I went in to my own personal physician to seek help for the pain. I was referred out to have an MRI done which show i have 2 bulging disk in my neck at c5/c7 which flatten the cervical spinal cord causing mild central canal stenosis and mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, left greater than right. .Which is anyone can explain that line above i would appreciate that .I also have a annual tear in my lumbar that was also discover thru the MRI’s and was told by QME doctor that since this was not a complaint when i filed a claim although it was discover now thru the mri’s just as the bulging disk also. He said I have to handle my lumbar issue on my own. Can any respond on that? Why one i have workers comp doctors treating my for one part of my back and my personal dr treating me for my lumbar? I know the injuries occured on the job. It sounds like to many hand in the same pot. I dont feel comfortable have to different people working on my back. Is is okay for me to seek an orthopedic surgeon to seek the best treatment? Workers comp want to send me to a pain management doctor to seek epidural first to see if that works with my pain then if not then the next step would be surgery. When i go in to see the ortho speicalist will he see me since it is workers comp injury? Since he specialize in this i feel he would be able to give me more on my issue than when i get in to see the pain management doctor for workers comp. Is is wrong seeking help thru my private insurance since i have not getting anywhere yet with workers comp. I am waiting my qme report for a referral to the pain management.
Answer by bgh
Find an orthopedic surgeon….preferably one that specializes in back and spine
Not sure where you live, but if you live in TX by chance there is a wonderful Dr. McDonough (works with workers Comp) and he is one of the top 5 back surgeons in the US. He has done back surgery on my husband, and we were very pleased with the outcome. Go to this website and you can get some answers to your questions. www.spineabilene.com
as for being injured and on workers comp. you have to stand your ground and fight for yourself, sometimes it pays to get an attorney involved. Document everything for your records if dealing with workers comp…they can be down right dirty. Best wishes!!! I know you are in alot of pain and agony!! Hang in there!! Hopefully that will help
TH from TX
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