Answers to 3 Common Questions About Back Problems and Disability Benefits

Back Problems and Disability Benefits

If you have a back problem that’s interfering with your ability to work or completely preventing you from doing your job, you may want to know if you’re eligible to receive any disability benefits. Since the term “back problems” can refer to a fairly wide range of issues, it’s normal to have questions about your situation. To help you out, here are answers to questions people in your type of situation commonly have:

Can You Receive Disability Benefits for a Ruptured, Herniated or Bulging Disc?

Anyone who has experienced a problem with a disc in their back knows this issue can cause excruciating pain. As a result, it can be difficult for someone with this condition to perform their work duties on a daily basis. Unfortunately, just because a condition is extremely painful and makes it difficult or even impossible to work doesn’t automatically mean the person suffering from it will qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

The condition must last for at least a year, whether it has already been present for a year or is expected to last for a year. It’s fairly common for a ruptured, herniated or bulging disc to be operated on or resolve itself within a year. So even if an individual is in serious pain for eight months, their case probably won’t qualify for benefits until the year duration requirement is met. That being said, every SSA case is different, so it’s still worth your time to discuss the details of your situation with an attorney.

What’s the Best Way to Win a Degenerative Disc Disease Case?

Since SSA cases involving a back issue are often especially challenging to win, it’s important to give yourself every advantage possible. If you suffer from degenerative disc disease, there are several steps you can take to bolster your chances of securing a successful outcome for your case.

You will want to get medical treatment on a regular basis, preferably by the same doctor. You should receive ongoing treatment with a specialist, such as a neurologist or orthopedist, rather than just a family physician. Also, you’ll want to be sure that when you visit your doctor, you provide as many details as possible about what you’re experiencing and how it’s getting in the way of your regular routine. Additionally, since the disability examiner for your case may contact your family and friends by phone, be sure to keep them in the loop about what kinds of challenges you’re going through.

Should You Enlist a Chiropractor to Help with Your Case?

Although a chiropractor may be able to help with your physical pain, the SSA does not recognize them as a legitimate source for medical treatment. As a result, any records from visits to a chiropractor won’t be persuasive evidence to help your disability case on their own. It is best to have chiropractic treatment supplement treatment with a neurologist or orthopedist.

If you have any additional questions or want a professional legal opinion about your case, contact social security disability lawyer Lisa M. Ritacco online to schedule a free consultation.