My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: PA
I have a thread in the pa section, but since this a medical issue I wanted to address this here. I'm being treated for torn knee ligaments, sciatica, and two herniated discs in my lower back. I have all positive proof on x-ray, mri & emg.
During a consult today one of my three dr's told me he's recommending spinal fusion for my L4/L5 & L5/S1 herniation. His main reasoning is on my lumbar mri I have DDD only in the spots where my discs are herniated. I'm in my early 30's and have never had any back pain or injury prior to my work accident. There are no dr. records anywhere of me receiving treatment for back problems, and he said for that reason they think the ddd was caused by my injury. He also told me they don't know what causes ddd, but they'd like me to have the fusion, because they feel the herniation will never heal & because of the extreme left leg nerve pain I'm going through (I started epidural injections to help with that). Also because I do construction they feel this will be my best choice, and said if I can get in good shape & develop my ab muscles & lose weight I'd be back at 100% I've also been told I'm developing a sciatic list which doesn't sound good.
Is it possible to get ddd from a injury, and could it have developed in the 6 months I've been on ttd? Thank-you!