Hey, i had some questions maybe you guys could help.
I had a fusion done at L4/5 with 4 screws and 2 rods on 5-6-08, did months of PT and was sent to work hardening. about 1 month ago
I struggled with the work hardening and the therapist stopped it and said I should see my surgeon. They were affraid it was going to make my back worse, after 2 weeks it was stopped
My surgeon said I would have permanent restrictions and should find a new line of work. I am a Building engineer, and my work is Med./Heavy in terms of pyhsical abilty. and sent me for a FCE
Well today I did the FCE and was in alot of pain lifting 50lbs. my heart rate was upto 151. but the therapist said I was at med. lifting abilty (50lbs. ocassionaly and 25lbs frequently)
I found this hard to believe with the amount of pain I was in!
Does the surgeon take this into consideration?, or is this my final restriction? I don't believe I can lift 50lbs. occasionaly at work, I had to lay down during the Fce because of the pain!