Disorders of the Back and Spine
Social Security receives more disability applications for back problems than for any other physical illness or injury.
Because of this, Social Security see back problems and injuries day after day. They will not grant disability benefits for the moderate or intermittent back pain almost everyone gets after age 40 or 50. To win your disability claim, you must medically prove your claim, and must prove that it's severe. Disability examiners are interested in imaging studies and other tests that show a deformity somewhere in the spine – particularly ones showing part of the spine pressing against a nerve.
A mere statement that you have degenerative joint disease, without more, will generally not be enough evidence to win. But evidence of frequent visits to a doctor, in an effort to try to at least alleviate the pain, can help win a claim.
Other evidence that can help win a claim based on back disorders includes difficulties with:
• staying on task;
• being punctual; and
• missing work due to flare-ups.
These problems are often due to a combination of back pain and the effects of pain medication and muscle relaxers. In some cases, the medicine can be as disabling as the pain. Evidence of both problems can be used to win a disability case. Give my office a call and schedule a time to talk to me about handling your disability case. The initial consultation is free. You can come by to see me, or if you prefer we can schedule a time to talk over the telephone.