The key words here are "mild" "shallow" "moderate" and no stenosis or nerve root compression
That's not their call, only your treating physician can release you to work, with or without restrictions.
I was told by the carrier that I have to go to work full duty or lose my job.
If your treating physician releases you to work with or without restrictions, you'll have to follow his orders.
The Dr.s agreed to send me back and one suggested I am almost at MMI.
From what you're saying, you don't have many options, it sounds like they're minimizing your injuries.
If you feel you're getting jacked around, consult a lawyer for a free evaluation - he may see something I'm missing.
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