Hi all. I suffered my annular disc tear at work, for which I'm claiming work comp benefits.
On a side note...I hate saying that. I've never been one to ask for help from anyone, which is probably why I'm in this position to begin with. I abuse my body a bit too much.
Anywho, work comp is dragging their butts in authorizing treatment. They still haven't "approved" my claim, either. It has been 4 wks since the injury and my hospital stay for an "unstable spine." The 2nd injection and physical therapy that were scheduled when I was in the hospital were cancelled by work comp, because they hadn't authorized it. The only doc I've seen since the injury is a work comp general prac who is assessing my ability to go back to work. He's a good guy, but he works for "them," so he's not exactly compassionate or friendly to me, much.
I was told by the pain management anesthesiologist and the neurosurgeon I saw in the hospital (at the time of injury) that non-invasive methods were very, very unlikely to resolve my symptoms...I would most likely need a laminectomy/discectomy. I've read enough since then to know that this may or may not be the case.
I'm wondering if, while waiting for treatment approval, I could get some 2nd opinions about my MRI report and treatment. We have a fantastic spine center (like 4th or 5th ranked in the nation) in our area, and I was thinking about visiting their physicians.
I know that work comp may or may not pay for it if I do it without authorization, of course. However, I'm concerned that seeing any physician (no treatment...just evaluation) without work comp's approval (even if I file with my own insurance) might sabbotage my claim? Has anyone had any experience with something like this? I just don't fully understand how this works. Thanks in advance.