I just had an independent medical exam for worker's comp. a few weeks ago and have not yet heard about the results. The dr. did a very thorough exam that last about an hour. He said that I needed surgery at least on my C5-C7 and if he was the surgeon he would make the fusion up to to C4 and down to T1. He stated over and over how bad my neck was and that i had nerve damage, muscle atrophy and hand weakness. I am not sure if that is common practice for an IME dr. because they do not treat the patient and most likely on the side of the workers comp. company. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with the doctors saying the patient needs surgery and then reporting something totally different to the workers comp company. I had a witness and the exam so hopefully that will help negate any problems. I just wish they would hurry and approve my surgery, so that I can get back to working and living life. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to listen.