Degenerative Spine Disease and Receiving SSDI or SSI Disability
When it comes to degenerative spine disease, there is a good deal of misunderstanding and confusion about what it is. Some of the confusion centers around the fact that degenerative spine disease sounds like a disease that gets progressively worse. However, the term, degenerative spine disease, is really a misnomer.
The word degenerative carries with it the idea that something is going to get worse as time goes by. This would mean that degenerative spine disease would get progressively worse with the passage of time. However, the pain that comes as a result of degenerative spine disease often times gets better instead of worse as time goes by.
Also, degenerative spine disease is not really a disease, but rather a condition that at times can produce pain from damage to your spine. Finally, there is misunderstanding and confusion concerning degenerative spine disease due to the fact that medical professionals do not agree on what does or does not constitute a diagnosis of degenerative spine disease. Because of these few factors, it is a smart choice to enlist the help of a SSI or SSDI disability lawyer when choosing to file for disability. An attorney can work with you to strengthen your case and give your disability the validity it deserves.
Your spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that function to separate the interlocking bones that compose your spine. These discs work in a way that is similar to shock absorbers for your spine. These discs enable your spine to flex, bend or twist.
As you grow older, these discs experience wear and tear, or they deteriorate. This is something that takes place in all of us as we age, but not everyone experiences pain along their spine with the deterioration of these spinal discs.
Degenerative spine disease may occur at any point along your spine. However, usually, this condition takes place in your neck (cervical region) or lower back (lumbar region).
As mentioned above, degenerative spine disease is a part of the aging process as you grow older. In fact, it has been said that degenerative spine disease is as sure as death and taxes, but, again, not everyone has pain with these degenerative changes in the spine.
The signs and symptoms that result from degenerative spine disease usually consist of neck pain or lower back pain, but it is not the same in everyone. Some people experience no pain, while other people with the same degree of spine damage have to endure severe pain that greatly affects and hinders their daily activities.
The location of the pain that you have with degenerative spine disease depends on where your affected disc is. For example, If you have a disc that is deteriorating in your neck, you may have pain in your arm or neck. If the disc that is affected is in your lower back, you may experience pain in your buttocks, leg or back.
The pain that you experience with degenerative spine disease, many times, becomes much more intense when you twist, bend over or reach up. It is also possible that you may have numbness or tingling in your leg or arm with degenerative spine disease. The effects of degenerative spine disease and/or complications that develop from it can be disabling and debilitating.
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