December 18, 2018
Approximately s will experience back pain at some point in their lives, though many wait until the pain is unbearable to seek treatment. This can result in worse or long-term damage to the spine, and longer recovery or treatment periods. Mark was diagnosed with a herniated disk after months of putting off a visit to the doctor to check out some back pain. He used to play football in high school and now works at a warehouse, spending his days lifting heavy boxes. He also lifts weights three times a week, so he felt there would be no concern about what kind of strain his back could take. He hated to complain, so when the pain came along, he just kept it to himself.
The cause of back pain or back problems can be anything, from lifting a heavy box with the wrong part of your body, to simply sitting down wrong. Mark was having a snack in his family room at home when he felt something pop as he was getting off the couch. Eventually, every little bend and twist sent excruciating pain shooting through his lower back and down into his legs. He couldn’t even work. Eventually, he went to the doctor’s and had an x-ray which confirmed the herniated disk. According to the doctor, he should have made an appointment months ago. She explained that while his upper body was strong, his job was putting a lot of strain on his spine and the weaker support muscles in his lower back. Over time, the pressure created a herniated disc that was pressing against a nerve cluster in his spine.
“We often find our clients with back pain simply don’t look into their discomfort early enough,” says Wendy Share, Executive Director at Share Lawyers. “In Mark’s case, given his predominantly physical job, he should have been taking better care of his back, and paying more attention to the daily activities that could put his livelihood at risk.”
In such instances as Mark’s, surgery is an option, though it involves many risks. Non-invasive options are always available, though they require patience and diligence if they’re to be effective. And even in those instances, they may not do the job. These options can include physical therapy routines that would improve flexibility and strengthen the support muscles in the torso.
Mark’s claims for long-term disability coverage to help pursue these non-invasive methods of treatment were denied. His insurance company deemed it not serious enough and said he should be able to push through the discomfort.
A coworker told Mark about Share Lawyers, and he contacted them for help with his long-term disability claim. But many Canadians will struggle to access the benefits they need. It’s imperative to monitor your physical well-being even when things seem fine. As with parts of the body like the spine, you never know when certain things may simply give out. Staying on top of your health could prevent catastrophe in the future.
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