Cervical Radiculopathy in Workers’ Compensation
Cervical radiculopathy is an injury seen by workers’ compensation lawyers quite frequently. Since many jobs require repetitive movements that can put pressure on the spine, this spinal injury can often be a work injury and many people who suffer from it may not know that it was caused by their duties at work.What is Cervical Radiculopathy?
Cervical Radiculopathy is an injury that is seen all too often in workers’ compensation cases. It is often caused by repetitive stress at work from:
- Lifting objects
- Other repetitive movements
The area affected by cervical radiculopathy is the top seven vertebrae of your spine. The nerves along this area no longer work properly and can cause:
- Severe pain
- Weakness of the muscles
- Other issues
Although the actual injury occurs in the spine, the pain may be felt in other areas of the body since it is the nerves that are affected. Compression of the nerves in the spine causes the damage that leads to this condition.
By far the most noticeable symptom of cervical radiculopathy is usually the “shooting pain” or “burning pain” throughout the upper back and neck, or in the limbs that are affected. Another common symptom is a tingling sensation in the hands or feet, although this is not seen in all cases of cervical radiculopathy.
Some people also have reported feeling hot or cold sensations on their skin in the affected areas. People suffering from cervical radiculopathy have also reported weakness or inability to use certain muscles, and related problems with coordination. These conditions can cause a person to no longer be able to work; which is where workers’ compensation comes into play. You can be compensated for lost wages and medical expenses if you are unable to work due to cervical radiculopathy caused by your job.How is Cervical Radiculopathy Treated?
There are three common treatments for cervical radiculopathy:
- Cervical Fusion
- Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is the safest of these treatments, but often is not enough to alleviate the pain and other problems caused by cervical radiculopathy which is when steroids may be used. Cervical Fusion is usually only used for more severe cases as it is the most invasive of these treatments.If You Have Been Diagnosed With Cervical Radiculopathy, You Need Someone on Your Side
It can sometimes be difficult to prove that an injury like cervical radiculopathy was caused due to work related duties. Repetitive stress injuries such as cervical radiculopathy can also be caused by a person’s hobbies and out of work activities which is why you need an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at your side.
Our attorneys can help guide you through the process of proving that your cervical radiculopathy was caused by your work related duties. They can also help alleviate much of the stress of a workers’ compensation case by dealing with your employer, the insurance company, and other parties involved in the case.
If you have suffered Cervical Radiculopathy because of what you do at work, or if you are unsure if the injury was because of work, call Michael J. O’Connor & Associates at 1-800-518-4529. Our Certified Workers’ Compensation specialists can help you win your compensation and get your life back on track.
Even if your company or workers’ compensation insurance carrier has denied your claim, we will do a free case review and let you know if we can help.