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How come your patient can lift weights with an injured disc?

Hello, I’m Dr. Baldasare, a seasoned trauma trained personal injury Chiropractor from Orlando with over 25 years of experience. It might have been a while since we last collaborated, but I wanted to share some insights with you, especially given the increasing challenges I’ve observed with non-surgical soft tissue cases.

Let’s discuss a recent case involving a herniated disc. I’m sure you’re familiar with these. We often see a bulge or herniation, and the extent of the protrusion determines whether it’s termed a herniation or a bulge. Notice how the nerve is positioned? That’s the spot that gets affected. When the disc impacts the nerve, it can cause sensations like tingling that radiate down the leg or arm.

However, sometimes defense counsel might question the severity of a herniated disc, especially if they see the claimant performing activities like working on a roof or exercising. They might wonder, “How can someone with a herniated disc do that?” The answer lies in the nature of the injury. A herniated disc primarily causes pain when one moves in a direction that pushes the disc into the nerve. For instance, I once had a herniated disc that left me paralyzed on a football field. Even now, decades later, there are specific movements that cause pain. Yet, I can squat 400 pounds and bench 350 pounds. Just because someone can move well and has adapted their movements to avoid pain doesn’t mean they aren’t injured.

I wanted to share this perspective with you. If you have any questions or if you’d like us to conduct a 20-minute lunch-and-learn workshop on various soft tissue injuries, mechanisms of injury, objective documentation, and what the permanent impairment guidelines state, I’d be delighted to collaborate with your office. You can reach me via call or text at 407-381-4040 or contact my case manager to arrange something.