Social Security Disability and Herniated Discs
Anyone who has suffered through back pain can attest that the pain can be relentless and it can make even the simplest jobs impossible to perform. This inability to work can quickly compromise your finances, so it's no surprise that many sufferers choose to apply for Social Security disability to help cover their household expenses while they recover. For many, the cause of back pain can be attributed to spinal injury or deterioration, most commonly a herniated spinal disc. A herniated disc occurs when there is a tear in the tough outer layer of one of your spine's discs, allowing the softer inner layer to bulge out into the spinal canal. Herniated discs often cause severe back pain as well as pain, weakness, or numbness that radiates down the back of your leg. The pain stems from irritated nerves in the spinal canal, and it can be quite debilitating for the sufferer, rendering them unable to work a normal job. Because so many Social Security disability applicants cite back pain as their disability, the Social Security Administration is much more selective in which claims they approve and which claims they deny. Your best bet when submitting a disability claim for a herniated disk is to ensure that you have proper documentation from your physician, proving that your condition precludes you from holding down a regular job. The Social Security Administration will consider: • X-rays, MRIs, and CT Scans of your spine depicting an obvious herniated disc that would be capable of causing the injured party considerable pain. • A physician's objective interpretation of your scans that cites the problem areas and the plausibility of your disability claim. • Consistent doctor's reports that assert your condition is severe and impedes your capacity to perform in your current or any other job. Should your Social Security disability claim be denied, your disability attorney can help you gather enough evidence to help you make a successful appeal. Your back pain is real, and although it is relatively intangible as far as objective medical evidence, to increase your odds of approval you will still need to support your claim with documentation from your physician.