Anyone ever have radiculopathy surgery?

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  1. Agtrucker

    Agtrucker Light Load Member

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    Back the week leading up to Easter, I had radiculopathy surgery(grinding of the vertebrae, in my case my c5-c7) It's part of a worker comp case. Im in my early 30's in decent health with limited alcohol, no smoking. Im curious if any of you have had a similar procedure and how your prognosis went before you went back to driving truck. I am aware everyone heals differently just looking for a generalized timeline
    While I feel significantly better than I was, Im still having some pain/tightness in my shoulders depending how I move. Im just wondering how an 18 speed and 300-500 miles a day, in an out of quarries with the possibility of shoveling would play out...
     
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  3. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

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    I used to be a workers' comp adjuster, and I have followed the treatment of back injuries, as well as organized presentations by orthopedic surgeons regarding treatment of spinal injuries. Additionally, my dad had spinal fusion c5-c7. He smoked, and although he felt better, he never really healed. He continued driving for nearly 15 years after surgery.

    Avoiding smoking and drinking will help you heal. I have had drivers return to work, without restrictions after spinal decompression and after fusion. You should be good.
     
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