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Back Pain and Social Security Disability Claims

July 19, 2012 by The Sawaya Law Firm

One might not think they can make a Social Security claim through back pain, but believe it or not you can. Back pain can be the result of many different medical conditions. These conditions include lumbar problems, herniated nucleus pulposus, spinal arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, and spondylosis. For most people, back pain occurs periodically and they are able to continue working. However, some people have back pain that is severe enough to keep them from doing any type of work. Their pain limits their ability to sit, stand and walk. Most jobs require sitting, standing and walking, so back pain can limit a person’s ability to do any type of work.

Back injuries are common medical conditions for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although they are common, they are not necessarily easy to prove. Proving back pain requires diagnostic imaging, such as an x-ray, CT Scan or MRI. This objective medical evidence is crucial to a back pain claim. It is also crucial to receive regular medical treatment from a medical doctor. This is important because the doctor will be able to assess whether or not you have symptoms that show the severity of your back pain. These symptoms include decreased range of motion, decreased muscular strength, altered gait and/or a positive straight leg raise.

If you have any questions regarding back pain and Social Security disability claims, please contact The Sawaya Law Firm and we will be happy to help you with this issue. The Sawaya Law Firm is Denver’s personal injury law firm. With over 40 years of experience and a compassionate team prepared to listen to your story, The Sawaya Law Firm is here to help. Contact us anytime.

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