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temporary handicapped parking after ACDF?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm curious if people have received handicapped parking permits after having their surgeries. My family seems to think I qualify for a handicapped parking permit since I am recovering from surgery and my neck movement is impaired. What do you think?



  • I think the qualifying factors depend on the state in which you live. Where I live, your ability to walk has to be impaired or limited...and the specifics are clearly spelled out.

    Just look online at your state's DMV website to see what are the requirements.
  • If mental ability to walk was the criteria the Walmart parking lot would be all handicap parking - lmao!!!

    Sorry I couldn't resist. I am so sick of people who can't walk 10 yards without doing something stupid.

  • Have you asked your surgeon about the permit? I actually asked my primary care doctor several months before I had surgery, but my leg and foot were affected by my C spine as well as being affected by my L spine. Just ask.

    I agree with Paul, and wish I didn't need this permit.

  • I was able to get one a few years ago because of having two bad knees. I pulled up requsition on line from RMV, my orhto filled it out in within a few weeks I had it. When you get it you will be amazed at how many people have it , try finding a parking space for hani cap is not easy. there are sooooo many of us out there. Good Luck
  • I Just had 2 level fusion done on my neck last Monday. although I have suffered no loss of strength below the neck and can walk just as far as I could before I had the surgery I got one through my NS to prevent falls when walking icy lots in the winter. I plan to use the placard this winter only. When my neck has healed and fused properly I will no longer use it. My NS as well as my P M thought this was a smart thing to do. (insurance)
  • Hi all,

    After having to walk a distance to my first appt post laminectomy/decompression and fusion, I asked my surgeon for one, and I got the paperwork in a flash!
    It expires in Feb 2010 which can be the worst part of winter in Indiana. I am so afraid of falling in an icy parking lot or parking garage I won't hesitate asking him for another one. We'll just have to see.

  • Since my walking isn't impaired I think I can do without a permit.

    Maybe I can buy a new car with a backup camera - or a more practical option is buying some additional mirrors :)

    - Margaret
  • I live in Southern California so I'm grateful I don't have to worry about walking on icy ground! Since I can walk fine, I don't think I need a permit after all.

    I hope your recovery goes well!

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