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Getting Social Security Benefits for Your Back Injuries
Back injuries that will qualify a claimant for disability benefits include spinal disorders like stenosis, disc bulges, joint space narrowing, certain types of arthritis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and more. Most of the time, there must be a significant effect on the ability to move around. Sometimes medical imaging, x-rays, and positive back or leg tests are required to prove the case. The fact is that many people have back injuries that cause frequent irritation, but if your injury renders you unable to work, you should get the assistance you need. The following information was obtained from the Institute for Spinal Disorders at http://www.csmc.edu/533.html.
Unlike other tissues of the body, there is very little blood supply to the disc. Once a disc is injured, it cannot repair itself, and a spiral of degeneration can set in with three stages that appear to occur over 20 to 30 years:
The typical person with degenerative disc disease is active, otherwise healthy and in his or her 30s or 40s. Common symptoms of this condition include:
Causes and Risk Factors
Several factors can cause discs to degenerate, including age. Specific factors include:
A diagnosis is based on a medical history and a physical examination, as well as the symptoms and the circumstances where the pain started. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan) can show damage to discs, but it alone cannot confirm degenerative disc disease.
Social Security Benefits
Back problems cause intense pain that can lead to chronic fatigue, emotional and mental problems, as well as paralysis. These symptoms can prevent you from working. Medications for pain have serious side effects that can cause difficulty in staying awake or in concentration. Surgeries are expensive, and do not always guarantee that the pain will go away. There are also huge risks involved with back surgery. Make sure you have all the information before making any decisions about medication or surgery. For information about back injuries such as herniated discs, lower back pain or stenosis, see the Institute for Spinal Disorders website at www.csmc.edu/533.html.
Social Security Process
Social Security evaluates each person's claim for benefits using the following five steps:
A professional will help you at all levels of the administrative process to:
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