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  • jonas
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    Thank you for building a great forum for all of us who suffer with back pain, I have been told by my lawyer that my damaged L5 S1 Disc damage is due to the fact that i was born with a wSo he saeak disc and going to court could mean i would lose my fight to a claim because all people who have these damaged discs are born with a faulty disc at birth,
    I dont believe this is the case i think this is so all people who have a accident resulting in damage to the Lumbar Discs carnt sue there employers
    please could you give your professional opinion on this idea of whether we are born with faulty discs or not…

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Almost all individuals were born with “normal” discs. Degenerative changes occur with life experience and aging. Genetics does however play a significant role in the degenerative experience. Genetics cause the collagen fibers of the disc (in the annulus- see website) to have different tensile strengths in my opinion.

    The more brittle the collagen, the greater propensity to tear. I have ten year olds in my practice with degenerative changes of the discs. I also have eighty year olds who have worked at hard labor with relatively normal discs.

    You are talking about injury at work and causation. In many states, the workman’s compensation laws hold that an injury on the job or an aggravation of a preexisting condition caused by the occupation will be held to be compensable through workman’s compensation insurance.

    Dr. Corenman

    jonas
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    Thank you Dr Corenman for your professional opinion my lawyer is going to sue on the basis of aggravating my back condition with the 2 accidents i had at work he and another spinal consultant think my accidents accelerated
    my back injury by 5 to 10 years
    many thanks for your valued and speedy advice
    Kind Regards
    Jonas

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