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Weight restrictions

Hello Everyone,
I've had 3 ACDF surgeries. I have a new job which requires lifting up to 50 pds. I cannot lift that much because it would cause neck pain which I'm already experiencing. What is the maximum amount that I should lift on a job to not aggravate my neck or cause more harm?


  • Believe it or not
    This 300 lb person has a 20 lb lift limit per doctor.

    Most definately consult your primary before causing damage.
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • I also have a job that requires lifting up to 50lbs but I am 3.5 month post-op from posterior cervical laminectomy & fusion C4-7. I just return to work with a 20lbs weight restriction. So far so good ! You mentioned a new job, I would tread lightly while figuring out the weight restriction. Do they know your medical history? Will they be receptive to your needs ?

    Good Luck !

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,528
    As William stated, you should talk to your doctor about this.
    If you do lift too much weight at an early state, you can run the risk of causing additional damage
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I did not tell them my medical history because they would not hire me. I don't think that they would be receptive to my needs because that is the job description. Even lifting ten pounds causes neck pain. 
  • 20 lb lift
    50 lb carry

    The money was good

    150 to 200 lb stainless steel valves used in industrial settings
    Well..i lost that job and regret ever lifting things like that....

    Now I have to live with the further damage i did.

    The main thing, the only thing that really matters is the steps you take everyday to maximise the potential for a long and "pain Less" full life.

    By that I mean that no matter what job you have, or what life you lead..that years..decades down the road, you will have done everything to preserve the best health possible...so that your not worse off.

    A caution...depending on the insurance at the jobs..some will fight you to tears over a preexisting condition.

    Heaven forbid that you get hurt somehow
    They will not take responsibility

    Personal experience.

    Here i am a decade later..have not had a job with a real living wage since 06.

    No adult income.

    Your in a new ballpark. Every move should be strategic toward a best possible future.

    Your personal health is number 1.

    I know its hard, and you want to work
    Need to pay bills.

    But your Health should always be no.1

    Jobs come
    Jobs go

    You..have to live within that mortal shell

    Talk to HR
    talk to your primary
    Best of luck!
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

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  • Thank you William
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