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Lower Thoracic Disc Herniation? being a firefighter

I've been recently diagnosed with a lower Thoracic Disc Herniation about 3 months ago. I previously had a bulged disc 8 months prior to the herniation in the disc (same one).

I injured it through military training (now voluntarily released because of it).
I'm currently during physiotherapy and it's working pretty well. I'm clear in 3-4 weeks to return to light activity.

I'm just wondering if i will ever be able to go back to work along the lines of military/police/firefighter related work again in the future?

I'm currently 18. I already had to change my plans for the immediate future in terms of my programs to avoid stressing out my back.

At this point, I'm just worried that I will never be able to be a firefighter, my final career goal. Is it possible to reach it if I spend a good number of years rehabbing my back properly and strengthening it?
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replied March 3rd, 2015
Thank you for asking

I read your question and I understand your concern. Bulged discs are easily manageable. No need to worry about that. Just continue physio and take rest and NSAIDS and avoid heavy weight lifting.

I hope it helps. Consult your doctor as our advice is just for education purposes only.

Take care
Khan


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