Back Injury from Car Accident Disability

Let me first apologize for not updating everyone about my back condition. I haven’t posted in a long time because I have been working 12 to 14 hours per day and trying to be a loving father and husband to my family.

As all of you know, I suffer from disc problems in the lumbar spine L4 L5 S1 and muscle problems in the thoracic area which are causing pinched nerves. I get numbness and shooting pain that goes down my left leg and radiates into my left and right foot.

I was on a treatment regimen which included physical therapy twice per week, medication, and hours restriction at my job. I had applied for an ADA request due to my situation. My job has temporarily accommodated my request for 8-10 hour work day maximum. I am in management and paid a salary. Unfortunately most days require extended hours at my facility. The physical demand of the job is heavy with minimal sitting time.

I was on the road to recovery but unfortunaltely got into a minor car accident. I really didn’t think much of it at the time because I felt fine. Boy was I wrong! Later that night when I went to work (I work nights), I started to feel aches and shooting pain. I was already accustomed to a certain amount of pain that I managed with my medication. The pain I was feeling in my back, left leg, and feet felt horrible and I wasn’t able to find enough relief from my current medication.

I took myself to the hospital to get checked out. They treated me and excused me from work until I saw my pain management doctor. When I saw my doctor he stated he wanted me to stay out of work for 4 weeks. He had changed my medication and increased physical therapy to 3 times per week. He said another epidural injection would be given in two weeks. He doesn’t want me to do any heavy lifting and no excessive sitting, walking, or standing.

I really took a step backwards. I was showing some progress prior to the accident. It didn’t seem that bad until the next day. The accident really exacerbated my back problems. My back, leg, and feet hurt more than ever. I applied for disability for now, hopefully I won’t be out too long and things will calm down over the next few weeks while I’m getting plenty of rest.

Chiropractor Bruised My Spine

I have been dealing with herniated lumbar disc issues for several years now. I manage my pain with physical therapy and pain medication. However, for about a year now, I have been experiencing pain and muscle tightness in the thoracic area. I think a lot of this thoracic pain is due to my job and bad posture. My job is physically demanding and requires me to stand on my feet and walk around all day with no chance to sit down at all. My break consists of me grabbing a drink and using the bathroom. With that said, a combination of my bad posture and excessive standing is taking it’s toll on my back. I have to take pain medication about mid shift just to make it through the work day.

I decided to go see a chiropractor and see if it would be of any help. Boy was I wrong! The chiropractor put a unbelievable amount of pressure on my spine. He was hurting me during the treatment but I wasn’t sure if it was suppose to or not. I walked out of there and my back felt horrible. It feels like my entire spine has been bruised. I’m not looking to bash all chiropractors, but I definitely do believe it’s not for everyone.

Has anyone had any experiences like this?