Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Social Security Disability and Back Conditions

One of the most common medical conditions listed on SSDI claims is back conditions.  Some common examples are herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, facet arthritis, vertebral fracture, and spinal arachnoiditis.  It is very important if you are claiming a back condition in your SSDI claim that you get regular medical treatment if at all possible.  This will document that you have a serious back condition that requires frequent treatment.  It also helps because if you are seeing a doctor regularly that doctor may be more willing to provide you with opinion evidence in support of your Social Security disability claim.  For any SSDI claim for a back disability one should start by looking at the Social Security Medical Listing of Impairments.  If you meet or equal one of the listings then you will be found disabled without SSA having to consider other factors.  If you do not meet or equal a listing then you will have to show how the limitations from your back condition prevent you from working.  Also, if you are suffering from some degree of depression as a result of your chronic pain or change in daily activities you should make sure depression is also a part of your claim because there may be additional non-exertional limitations on your ability to work.  For more information and getting SSDI for back condition make sure to read my page on this.