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return to heavy construction

woodymanwwoodyman Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

I had my c4-5/5-6 fusion done in Jan 2011. Recovery went well and I was back to work in July of that year. Recently however I lost my job and may have to return to heavy construction(concrete specifically). It's extremely physical and I'm very concerned with what future impact that line of work may have on my spine. I hear about adjacent lavels breaking down and wonder if added strain of heavy construction would greatly increase the risk. Thank you in advance for your opinions or advice.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    is to talk to your doctor regarding this situation. Only they would be able to tell you what the impacts there would be if you returned to heavy construction work.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I would also run it by your Dr., but you would not catch me doing concrete work with spine issues, healed or not. I worked concrete for 1 summer and can tell you it is some of the hardest physical work you will ever do. Think about the strains that may/would be transferred to the other levels. That should give you your answer. What does a shovel full of concrete weigh, or better yet how much weight are you trying to move when you put a rake into the concrete and try to pull it into a corner. Lots and lots of weight.

    It is VERY hard not to do the physical work you know how to do, or once did. I feel it is one of the things that get spineys bsck into trouble. You feel pretty good and tell yourself that you will go lightly only when push comes to shove you jump in and make it happen.
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