After a long wait, my husband finally received a disability rating from our 2nd opinion doctor.
From the neurosurgeon's report: "Patient is in DRE lumbrosacral category II, page 102 of the AMA guidelines to the Evaluation of Permanent impairment, 4th edition. This carries a 5% whole person impairment".
Due to other health probelms, 'Jax' is not an appropriate candidate for surgical intervention or discography. The doctor further gives permanent work restrictions as follows;
"Permanently avoid lifting more than 30 lbs. up to twice in a workday, 15 lbs. occassioanlly & no frequent lifting. Avoid lifting from below knuckle height. Avoid repetitive bending & twisting of the lower back." And, "an authorized physician should monitor & provide pain medication in the future. A one month trial of a TENS unit should be considered for pain reduction".
Is a 5% whole person impairment rating common for this type of injury? What exactly does that mean?
He has already tried a TENS unit with little affect on his pain levels. Epidural injections were suggested previously, but only under the supervision of a specialist.
We appreciate your input & continued support.