Disorders Of The Spine
Back problems is probably the most common complaint of people applying for Social Security Disability Benefits. If you have a disorder of the spine, you know how debilitating the pain can be and how many limitations it puts on your ability to lift, move, sit, etc. If you have back problems, you may meet Social Securities Listing in 1.04. Contact a Nampa Social Security Attorney and find out if your condition will meet or equal a Social Security Disability listing.
To meet the listing for a back problem, your condition must result in limitations because of distortion of the bony and ligamentous architecture of the spine and associated impingement or “pinching” on nerve roots or spinal cord. This pinching on nerve tissue may result from a herniated disk, spinal stenosis, arachnoiditis, or other similar conditions.
- Herniated disk or herniated nucleus pulposus is a disorder frequently associated with the pinching of a nerve root. Nerve root compression results in a specific neuro-anatomic distribution of symptoms and signs depending upon the nerve root(s) compromised. This means that a doctor can determine where in your back your nerves are being pinched based on where your pain radiates to.
If you have pain in areas typically associated with a specific area of the spine, and you have imaging such as an MRI or CT scan that shows nerve compression in that area, you have a very good chance of receiving disability if your syptoms are severe enough to keep you from working.
2. Spinal Arachnoiditis is a condition characterized by intermittent ill-defined pain and something called dysesthesia (typically burning, tingling or numbness). This condition may also cause bladder or bowel incontinence.
Although the cause of spinal arachnoiditis is not always clear, it may be associated with chronic compression or irritation of nerve roots or the spinal cord. For example, there may be evidence of spinal stenosis, or a history of spinal trauma or meningitis. A diagnosis is made after surgery and an examination of tissue from your back, or from an MRI.
3. Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common condition seen in degenerative disk disease, or as a result of congenitally narrow nerve canals or openings. If you have spinal stenosis. You may have a condition called Pseudoclaudication. This is pain and weakness that often makes it hard to walk and typically affects both legs. The pain is not usually associated with any particular location in the back and is often a dull, aching pain, usually in the low back and radiating into the buttocks region. The pain is made worse with walking or standing but better by leaning forward.
4. Other Conditions such as osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, fracture my also cause symptoms similar to the conditions listed above.
Abnormal curvatures of the spine, (specifically, scoliosis, kyphosis and kyphoscoliosis) can result in difficulty walking, breathing, cardiac difficulties or other symptom that may be severe enough to qualify your for disability.
If you have a condition that requires surgery, the timing of your surgery is important. If you have a surgery before a decision is to be made, your current condition may not be taken into account, and whoever is making the decision will wonder if you will still be disabled after you heal from the surgery. It is always helpful if you have reached what is called your maximum medical improvement by the time a decision needs to be made. For a spinal condition, you have reached your maximum medical improvement when there have been no significant changes in physical findings or on appropriate medically acceptable imaging for any 6-month period after your last surgical procedure or other medical intervention.
Effects of obesity. Obesity can significantly effect your musculoskeletal system, and disturbance of this system can be a major cause of disability in individuals with obesity. The combined effects of obesity with musculoskeletal impairments can be greater than the effects of each of the impairments considered separately. An experienced Social Security Attorney can use the affects of your obesity to help establish your disability.
If you would like a consultation with an experienced Social Security Attorney Nampa, please contact our Nampa Idaho office. You may also contact our Boise Idaho office at 208-957-2966.
Originally posted 2014-01-06 19:46:22.