Workers Compensation Lumbar Disc Herniation Rehabilitation without surgery may include work with a physical therapist. Patients are normally seen a few times each week for four to six weeks or more. The goal of PT is to control symptoms. Your therapist will help you find positions and movements that ease pain. Treatments of heat, cold, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation may be used in the first few sessions. Lumbar traction may also be used as well as massage or spinal manipulation. These forms of treatment are mainly used to help reduce pain and inflammation so you can resume normal activity as soon as possible.
The therapist shows you how to keep your spine safe during routine activities. You’ll learn about healthy posture and how posture relates to the future health of your spine. You’ll learn about body mechanics, how the body moves and functions during activity. Therapists teach safe body mechanics to help you protect the low back as you go about your day. This includes the use of safe positions and movements while lifting and carrying, standing and walking, and performing work duties.
Next comes a series of strengthening exercises for the abdominal and low back muscles. Working these core muscles helps patients begin moving easier and lessens the chances of future pain and problems.
Aerobic exercises such as walking or swimming are used for easing pain and improving endurance.
Your therapist will work closely with your doctor and employer to help you get back on the job as quickly as reasonably possible. You may be required to do lighter duties at first, but as soon as you are able, you’ll begin doing your normal work activities. Your therapist can do a work assessment to make sure you’ll be safe to do your job. Your therapist may suggest changes that could help you work safely, with less chance of re-injuring your back. A primary purpose of therapy is to help you learn how to take care of your symptoms and prevent future problems.
McCormick Law has skilled workers compensation attorneys with years of experience in securing successful settlements for Workers Compensation Lumbar Disc Herniation. We use the medical records and doctor opinions to support the injury being work-related. It is important the records are consistent with trustworthy and honest documentation of the facts. Experience with back injuries and knowing the experts and surgeons leads to success in results. Workers comp benefits include covering medical bills, paying temporary disability benefits, and for permanent disability. The time to call for free consultation on attorney representation is before the process has moved passed you and the insurance company has the upper hand.