What are the signs of spondylolysis after a work injury in Iowa?

Spondylolysis is a common work injury in Iowa that occurs in the lower back and manifests as a fracture in the bone ring of the spinal cord. A Workman Compensation attorney can help you if you have been denied any of the rights or privileges you are entitled to for a spondylolysis injury through an Iowa Worker's Compensation claim.

Spondylolysis is often accompanied by cracking in the bone that protects the spinal column, and is considered to be caused by repetitive stress or strain to the lower spine. It most commonly occurs in the lowest vertebra of the spinal column, which connects the spine to the pelvis and is called L5.

Although the fracture may only affect one side of the vertebra, it is typical for the crack to appear on both sides. This could allow the vertebra to slip over the other vertebra, which is called spondylolisthesis, another common work injury in Iowa.

The physical symptoms of spondylolysis include: 

  • pain and aching in the middle lower back;
  • aggravation of pain when bending backwards or exerting pressure in some other way;
  • leg pain or weakness;
  • slowed reflexes; and
  • tingling sensation over the spinal nerve. 

Though these fractures are frequently resolved by rest and bracing, regular X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs are required to check the progress of the healing process, and in most cases, physical therapy is required.

If this injury is related to employment, one may be entitled to treatment covered by workers' compensation. To determine qualifications, one should first inform his or her employer of symptoms and let him or her know an evaluation from a doctor is needed.

Consult first with a primary care physician who may refer a specialist if necessary. An X-ray can show if a vertebra, typically the L5, is slipped out of place and causing pain. Specialists may order a CT or MRI scan to determine if any damage was done to the soft tissue, such as pinched nerves or pressure on the spinal cord.

Once a diagnosis and treatment plan from a doctor is obtained, inform the employer of the situation so they can file the necessary workers' compensation case documentation. If the doctor requires special medical equipment such as a back brace, workers' compensation coverage should allow for assistive items such as these to be provided. Other benefits under workers' compensation may include disability benefits.

Contacting an Ames Workman Compensation Attorney

The Ames Workman Compensation attorney team at Walker, Billingsley & Bair know the importance of protecting your Iowa Workers' compensation claim for your work injury in Iowa from the get-go. Learn more by ordering this FREE book; Iowa Workers' Compensation - An Insider's Guide to Work Injuries: 7 Deadly Mistakes To Avoid If You Are Hurt At Work or by calling 1-800-707-2552.

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