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Severe Back condition can I get disability benefits?

Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “If I have had two back surgeries and now suffer from a severe back condition which causes swelling in my legs, continuous pain and cramping throughout my legs, and I have trouble sitting, standing, squatting, and lifting can I get Social Security Disability Insurance?” disabled-cant-work

When does the SSA give SSDI benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) awards Social Security Disability Insurance to applicants who meet certain nonmedical requirements (i.e. they are not working and making too much money and have enough work credits to qualify) and to those who have a severe health condition which is expected to last for at least 12 continuous months and does not allow them to perform substantial gainful activity.

Can I get SSDI for my severe back condition?

The spine and backbone are comprised of 33 bones (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar) and tissue which stretches from the base of the skull to the pelvis. The bones protect the spinal cord and are separated by intervertebral disk known as cartilage. Severe back issues can range from the minor to severe and are now one of the leading causes for disability in the United States. Some of the most common disabling back conditions include lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, Isthmic spondylolisthesis, facet joint osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis.

What do I do if I have a severe back condition?

The first step if you have a severe back condition is to get a physical examination. This exam may include an x-ray, CT scan or MRI scan. With this information the doctor should be able to give you a diagnosis and a prognosis for your condition. The doctor may also suggest several options to relieve your pain and solve your back issues. If you have had multiple back surgeries and tried all treatment options available you may have found that you have reached your maximum medical improvement and at this point you are simply managing your day-to-day pain. It is at this point that you may realize you can no longer perform work and may be considering filing for Social Security Disability benefits.

Does my back condition qualify for SSDI benefits?

How do you know if can qualify for SSDI benefits? Assuming you cannot work due to your severe back condition, you have enough work credits for SSDI benefits, and you are seeking medical treatment, you may qualify for SSDI benefits. To find out you will need to file an SSDI application. After the SSA receives your application they will review your diagnosis, medical evidence, and prognosis and determine if it meets a listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments. Listings for back conditions are evaluated under Listing 1.00 Musculoskeltal System. This section lists a wide variety of conditions and symptoms which may automatically qualify for SSDI including dysfunction of joints, reconstructive surgeries, and disorders of the spine. If you have a condition which “meets or exceeds” a listing, which means your condition has symptoms which are as severe as the listed symptoms, you should be awarded SSDI benefits. If your condition does not meet a listing you will have to prove through a medical vocational allowance that you cannot work or retrain for new work.

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