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Physical Therapy and pain

LowBack11LLowBack11 Posts: 4
edited 08/10/2015 - 7:31 PM in Lower Back Pain
I am new to the forum after TLIF L4 to L5. Any suggestions on how long before Physical Therapy? When should I expect increased lifting ability and return to a construction job?

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  • Mother GooseMMother Goose Posts: 87
    edited 08/10/2015 - 6:10 PM
    only your doctor and/or physical therapist can answer that question. But experience indicates that if you try too hard to get back to work too soon, you'll most likely have setbacks. Patience is t he key.
  • Yes i think that my timetable for returning to work before LTD has cause a bit of a rush in to PT at 6 weeks out. I have a tech job that involves heavy lifting. Does anyone know if they have had success returning to a heavy lifting job in 12 weeks or even at all?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,868
    answer for you..

    Many people after having spinal surgery have a 30 to 40 pound limitation permanently.

    But since your job may require more, you need to get approval from your doctor. There is no one on the forum side of this site that can medically provide you with an answer
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • Yes, and that is the main question coming up when I see Doc again and eventually get a release to work. Only time will tell. It would be encouraging if I heard whether anyone alse has made that lifting goal.
  • like everyone said- only a doctor can tell. But it might be good to look into ADA accommodations, I think companies have to have at least 15 employees before they have to comply. There are also some good website, legit ones, I think the one is disability.gov, that gives good advise. vocational rehabilitation is also a good resource, they can help with accommodations, and retraining if necessary.
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