Fusion Surgery Recommended
It was only a few weeks ago that the fans of UAB Football learned that Coach Bill Clark was stepping aside as head coach due to serious back problems which required fusion surgery. Coach Clark was an exceptional Head Coach, and he was paid well for his on the field and off the field success, but he did not believe that he could continue to perform his job given his pain and the need for such a serious surgery.
Coaching major league football is a tough, heavy at times job with long, grueling hours-but so are thousands of other jobs, and those other jobs (be they construction, iron or steel workers, convenience store clerks, nurses, etc.) don’t pay nearly as well, and most of the time workers who suffer serious neck or back injuries simply do not have the financial resources to retire and step away.
You work in Alabama, and you have suffered a neck injury or back injury as the result of a workers compensation injury and now your doctor says you need a spinal fusion surgery. What should you do? You should seriously consider speaking with an experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Injury attorney as fusion is a serious surgical procedure, and you should be aware of what it is and how an attorney experienced with Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation Statue can help you.
Usually, back surgery is a method of last resort or emergency, as doctors will attempt other conservative methods such as physical therapy and chiropractic care to encourage a disc to heal naturally before resorting to surgery. Similarly, a doctor or pain management specialist may try to alleviate the pain associated with spinal injuries with steroid injections. However, when these courses of treatment fail to provide adequate relief, fusion surgery may be recommended.
Fusions are one of the many different types of surgery used to treat back injuries and the pain associates with them. They are often prescribed to treat degenerative disc disease or recurrent disc herniations. The procedure involves joining two or more vertebrae together (fusing them) in order to decrease abnormal motion between the bones and reduce or eliminate the pain associated with such motion; however, different doctors may diagnose the underlying back injury differently, or determine that it is not severe enough to warrant major surgery. This differing of opinions can lead to disputes and delays in your care and treatment. If you doctor believes that a spinal fusion is necessary for your recovery from a work injury, a workers’ compensation attorney can fight to make sure that you receive it. Having stated this, a fusion surgery is a major surgery, and it is not something that you cannot be forced to undergo-the decision to proceed with such a major surgery is yours and yours alone.
If you work in Alabama and you have suffered a serious back or neck injury as the result of a work injury and the surgeon is suggesting spinal fusion and you have questions about your rights, don’t hesitate to contact the Alabama Workers Comp Lawyers at Powell and Denny and speak with one of the experienced workers compensation lawyers and schedule a free consultation and let us see if we can help. Appointments are available in person, or virtually through Zoom for your convenience from wherever you live.
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Fusion Surgery Recommended