I was injured six weeks ago at work lifting a pallet jack battery. I was sent to my employers local clinic and have been dealing with all the bs since. I was out of work for one week and returned to work on "modified duty" for the past 5 weeks now. I have moderate to severe back pain and numbness in my butt and down left leg to toes and right leg to just above the knee. I can not sit in a car/truck for more than 30-45 min without the onset of pain, and just sitting on the couch is uncomfortable, nevermind chasing my 1 year old daughter around the house. Six weeks of pt later I was finally ordered a MRI. The findings of the MRI were :
mild disc dessication of L3-L4,L4-L5, and L5-S1 levels.
minimal disc buldge at the L1-L2 along the superior margin, and at L4-L5 and facet hypertrophy.
Moderate disc narrowing at the L1-L2 level with disc dessication and endplate change as well as small anterior osteophytes.
Now, I have absolutely no idea what any of this means, but as per my workers comp doctor, its nothing to worry about and I should finish another 2 weeks of PT and I will be good to go back to full duty at work.(lifting constantly, for I work as a truck driver for a food service company). My problem is, I am not comfortable with the level of care I have recieved sofar and I am left with a lot of questions regarding just how this will effect me in the future and If I should really continue lifting 50-100lbs constantly with buldging discs. Should I hire a workers comp atty? Is there a way I can get another opinion? Any answers will help me for I am lost.