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Return to work ?

I have a question for all you lumbar fusion patients. What has your doctors said about returning to work? I had fusion/discectomy L4-S1 in April. I am a RN. My doc said healing can take anywhere from 6 months to a year but has not said anything about returning to work. Workers Comp is pushing for vocational rehab and I haven't even start physical therapy yet. Sorry just a little flustered . Thanks.
injury 12/29/09. L2 henamgioma L3-S1 desiccation protrusion narrowing, L5-S1 nerve rood displaces, L4-5 annular tear DDD L5-S1. surgery 4/24/12


  • I had mine middle of February, it was effectively a revision surgery as I had a previous procedure in 1997 that had reached the end of its life. It seems in the UK that we follow a different path with regards PT, and I started PT at 3 weeks post surgery, initially only hydrotherapy in the pool, and land from about 10 weeks. I have just started my phased return to work this week, at about 3 1/2 months, and have a 3 month plan to get back to regular days / hours. I think it's fair to say that each persons circumstances are different, so would agree with sturgnc's comment that you need to be firm with your Workers Comp. you may well find that you are doing great and then have a small set back, I know I did more than once, and you shouldn't feel pressurised to return to work simply because THEY want you off their "books". Good luck with your ongoing recovery
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