Disability for Degenerative Disc Disease

Including: herniated nucleus pulposus, spinal arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, vertebral fracture.

back pain disabilityIn order to be granted Social Security Disability or SSI benefits your Degenerative Disc Disease or Back Problems must be affecting you to the point that you will not be able to do any kind of work for at least 12 months. If you are unable to do the work you currently do, consider whether or not you could reasonably do another job. If you still feel like you couldn’t, then you may have a good claim. Back pain can generally be proved by X-Rays or an MRI. Such medical evidence is imperative to a back pain claim. Back pain will generally limit the amount of time you can sit, stand, and walk. Since most jobs require sitting, standing, or walking, back problems can severely limit the types of jobs you can do. You should be able to give a good idea as to the frequency of pain and explain just how painful it is. The Social Security office will want to know if you need to walk with a cane or other assistance, and how much of the day you have to spend reclined.

As with any disability, your chances of being granted increase if you have consistent medical records of your condition. If you have not seen any doctors within a few months of your application, you may be sent to a doctor who will evaluate your condition. It is best to have your own doctor.

If you are not sure whether or not your claim would qualify for benefits, give us a call. It is always best to get an application in if you are unsure. Some people wait so long that they lose their eligibility for Social Security, and many lose months of benefits for waiting to apply.

The medical listings that describe the criteria for Degenerative Disc Disease or Back Problems are; SSA 1.04 Disorders of the spine.