However the good news is that the prognosis is quite good. According to the University of Michigan Health System, low back pain occurs in about 80% of people. Within 6 weeks 90% of episodes will resolve satisfactorily regardless of treatment. In other words, whether one sees their family doctor, physical therapist or chiropractor, the outcomes seem to be about the same, despite the claims outside the medical community.
On the other hand, long-term, disabling back pain has a very poor outcome picture. Of all persons disabled for more than 1 year, 90% will never work again without intense intervention. So when workers compensation insurance companies, their nurses, case managers and lawyers delay treatment and therapy for an employee out of work due to a low back injury, they are being "penny wise and pound foolish." At the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., Virginia workplace injury lawyer Doug Landau has seen first hand how the longer the injured worker is out due to low back pain, the longer and more expensive the treatment is likely to be. And, with weekly wage loss benefits being paid on top of medical bills, prescriptions, durable medical equipment and travel reimbursements, the costs to a recalcitrant carrier can add up.
This is why it is important to secure experienced legal counsel EARLY if you have sustained an on the job low back injury. When low back pain from a fracture or herniated disc causes disability from work, a delay in treatment and rehabilitation can mean long-term unemployment and permanent discomfort. If you or someone you care about has sustained a low back injury to their spine, consult experienced legal counsel at once.