Spinal Fusion: Back Surgery For Work Injuries

Michigan workers comp lawyer writes about herniated disk and spinal fusion surgery.

Some of the most difficult work injuries we see involve trauma to the neck and back. These can be devastating if they result in symptoms of chronic pain and permanent restrictions.

A common injury involves the disc between individual vertebrae in your spine. This is sometimes called a herniated disk, slipped disk, or ruptured disk. Nerves can be irritated or pinched resulting in pain and numbness down an arm or leg.

If conservative treatment fails, your doctor may recommend consultation with a neurosurgeon. A laminectomy may be used to remove part of the damaged disc. Spinal fusion may also be utilized to stabilize the spine.

We understand the fear and anxiety that comes with this type of serious injury. Here is some information about workers comp that you should know.

Spinal fusion

The Mayo Clinic provides an excellent description of this type of surgical procedure:

Spinal fusion is surgery to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in your spine, eliminating motion between them.  

Spinal fusion involves techniques designed to mimic the normal healing process of broken bones. During spinal fusion, your surgeon places bone or a bone-like material within the space between two spinal vertebrae. Metal plates, screws and rods may be used to hold the vertebrae together, so they can heal into one solid unit.  

Because spinal fusion surgery immobilizes parts of your spine, it changes the way your spine can move. This places additional stress and strain on the vertebrae above and below the fused portion, and may increase the rate at which those areas of your spine degenerate.

Permanent restrictions

A spinal fusion can be a life changing event that results in permanent restrictions. The transition to light or sedentary work can be extremely difficult.

Most people are not disabled for life simply because they are given permanent restrictions. Differential wage loss benefits might be owed if your pay is substantially less.

You may also have the right to vocational rehabilitation. This can help you go back to school or get retrained for another job.


Many of our clients simply want to settle their workers comp case for a cash payment and move on with their lives. This lets them do their own medical and vocational rehabilitation. It also allows them to start their own business or find a new career.

To speak with one of our workers comp lawyers in Michigan, call (855) 221-2667 for a free telephone consultation. There is no charge to evaluate your case and we only get paid if you receive a settlement or recover benefits.

Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers comp benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

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