Disability Benefits for Back Pain
Posted on behalf of Phillips Disability, P.C. on Sep 16, 2015 in Qualifying Conditions
Because the Social Security Administration (SSA) receives so many claims for disability benefits for back pain, it closely scrutinizes every claim to identify only those that are the most severe and truly debilitating.
Causes of Back Pain
Nearly one-third of disability beneficiaries have musculoskeletal conditions like back injuries, severe arthritis or other skeletal and connective tissue conditions. Various inflammatory, chronic, nerve and spinal conditions can cause back pain. Some of the more common conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative discs, spinal stenosis, herniated discs and scoliosis.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits
You know that back pain can be excruciating and challenging to deal with. Sometimes, you may even be incapacitated. However, the SSA is not quick to give disability benefits for back pain. In order to qualify for benefits, you must have medical documentation that shows that your condition has last, or will last, for a least 12 months.
Medical documentation could include MRI's, doctor visit notes, physical exams and x-rays. These documents must reveal that your back pain is caused by a problem with your spine or some kind of abnormality. Without this documentation of abnormality, do not plan on receiving disability.
Evaluating the Severity of Your Condition
In addition to the above requirements, the SSA only approves back pain claims that are most severe. To evaluate the severity of your condition, the SSA will consider:
- Limitations Can you bend down and walk well? Do you have to get up and stretch often or change positions? Is your range of motion severely limited?
- Symptoms Are your symptoms a match for the SSA's spinal disorders impairment list?
- Credibility How credible is your claim, is it supported by medical documentation and is it believable?
The law firm of Phillips Disability is experienced in helping our clients get disability benefits for back pain. If you have been denied benefits, we will guide you through the appeals process.
Call 1-800-503-2000 today for a free case evaluation.