5.2.4 Short-term musculoskeletal conditions
People with severe musculoskeletal pain (e.g. in the neck or thoracolumbar region) and reduced mobility, including that arising from wearing soft collars or braces, should be advised not to drive for the duration of their treatment. Some loss of neck movement is allowable if the vehicle is fitted with adequate internal and externally mounted mirrors, and provided the driver meets the visual standards for driving and has no cognitive or insight limitations that might impact on adopting compensatory strategies.
A person should generally not drive for a period of time after major orthopaedic surgery. This should be determined by the treating doctor and is not a licensing issue. Guidance regarding management of short-term conditions is included in Part A section 2.2.3 Temporary conditions. A driver assessor opinion may be obtained if there is ongoing limitation of function.