Alabama  |  Workers Comp

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Asked on: 9/29/07, 6:53 pm

Light duty release without examination

I’ve developed RSD as a result from a Carpal tunnel surgery 5 month ago. I’ve had 2 Nerve blocks done and participated in daily physical therapy without improvement. I have to take strong pain medication 3 times daily along with antidepressants, anti inflammatory and naturopathic pain medicine, which makes me very drowsy. My physical therapist now suggested for me to return to work on light duty so ''I would get out of the house and not be so depressed anymore'' I have only seen the WC neurologist twice (last time was 5 weeks ago). Without even examining me, he signed off on the physical therapists recommendation! However, since he ordered light duty without the use of my right hand my employer did not have a position available for me, therefore he changed it to a work hardening program which requires staying with a physical therapist for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. I did this for 2 1/2 days but I had to be picked up and taken home early due to excruciating pain from the therapy. The only thing I am doing there is therapy 4 times a day and sit there for the rest of the day crying in pain. This is very humiliating for me. Can a doctor give orders like that without examining me? Do I have to go back to work hardening?

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