I read this forum but being in Colorado other states info does not help, and my case is my case not another person's.
I work in education and we injured 9 months ago. I ended up with
Schmorls node L2-L3 and L4
Mild disc desiccation and loss of international disc space L2-L3 and L4-L5
Mild dextroconvex curvature of lumbar spine and mild scoliosis
Bilateral facet capsulitis at L2-L3, L3-L4 and L4-L5, suggested mild bilateral sacroiliac arthritis. (Soft tissue grossly unremarkable)
T12-L1, L1-L2, L2-L3 no stenosis or nerve root compression
L3-L4 shallow bulge and mild stenosis
L4-L5 disc protrusion and ligament hypertrophy, moderate stenosis and abutment
L5-S1 minimal arthritis.
I have had three injections and physical therapy with mixed results.
I worked for 3 months with the injury, then was placed as unable to work for the last 4 months.
I was told by the carrier that I have to go to work full duty or lose my job. The Dr.s agreed to send me back and one suggested I am almost at MMI.
I have a few more therapy appointments and one more Doctor appointment.
I'm stressed beyond belief because I know and the doctors know I have not improved greatly.
There is no surgical option left an the specialist is pretty much done with me.
At this point I'm just a stick floating down the river. Please talk me through this situation.