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Spinal problems and physical work on the job

Started by Nikki2020 on 05/18/2011 5:53pm

You know exericize is good for caring for your body, especially the health of your spine, but what about physical work?... The Physical work is applying more harm than good on your back, and the job won't help you, and the simple solution they offer is to leave the job, but you have a family to support. What do you do?....Who can you turn to for help?

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The question you propose is a vexing one; for it involves several difficult choices which only, you, the individual can make. The selected answers below are based on personal opinions; they do not constitute any legal or medical advice. The obvious solutions to prolong any evasive measures pertinent to the spine include: a proper diet, refraining from smoking, exercise, heat, and rest. The pain that can result from the “back” could be caused by many factors including: pinched nerve(s), sciatica, herniated disc irritating a nerve, spondylosis, spondlythesis, etc. The resulting pain can be difficult, if not impossible to mitigate. As a mother responsible for supporting their children, I in some way, understand your situation. As a former HVACR technician, my job was physically demanding requiring the lifting of several hundred pound boilers, compressors, oil tanks, and heat pumps daily. At 26, I had to explain my wife that, I, in due time would not be able to provide for the family. Now at 28, I have undergone a C4-7 fusion, and L4-S1 fusion. Having degenerative disc disease through the entire spine, it will not be long before another surgery must be completed. Sadly, there are few options for those that work in physically demanding jobs. Permanent disability takes years to win, and even with nations best attorney can be impossible to win. Another option, perhaps better, would be to begin a private disability insurance policy, to hopefully protect you from disability. In our case, we sold our home, and removed as many of our liabilities as possible. I now live on student loans, and attend college. The best option, if possible, would be to deal with the pain, and save as much money as possible. And with that money, invest in a mutual fund, or money market account with which you could write checks against your balance. That option allowed my wife and me to sustain our living for one year. As far as turning to anyone, check with your state about temporary cash assistance, temporary disability, food stamps, etc. With federal permanent disability, age is a huge factor. The closer to retirement, the more likely you are to receive the disability. I hope this helps, and I am sorry there are few options, it is “the nature of the beast.”