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Back and neck impairments are typically minor enough to allow a person to complete their normal activities on a daily basis without a second thought. A mild annoyance may be felt when pain or stiffness occurs, but most individuals are able to continue working and caring for themselves despite back and neck problems.
However, some people suffer from severe back and neck impairments that cause significant pain and stiffness. Limited range of motion and a need for ongoing medical treatment could make it impossible for an individual to work. People who cannot work due to a disability should consider applying for social security disability (SSD) benefits.
SSD benefits are earned through paycheck deductions that are made while a person is working. This means that SSD benefits come from an insurance policy instead of being sourced from government funds for public welfare assistance. There is no need for applicants to feel as if they are asking for a handout.
What Are Back and Neck Impairments?
Back and neck impairments include any injury or condition that relates to the back and neck. This is a blanket term that covers conditions including scoliosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fractures of the vertebrae and pinched nerves. Injuries that cause complications in this area of the body can also be considered to be back or neck impairments.
There are many conditions related to the back and neck that cause a person to suffer from chronic pain. While pain medications may be able to help a person cope with the pain that results from their condition, these medications come with potentially dangerous side effects. People who have chronic pain in the back or neck may develop depression because of the difficulty that they may have coping with their disorder.
Qualifying For Social Security Due To Back and Neck Impairments
Qualifying for SSD benefits is a matter of proving to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that the complications of a condition make it impossible for a person to work in any position for which they are qualified. This means that people who are no longer able to complete physical job tasks may be required to find a position that is less physical if they are qualified for such a position.
The complications that are suffered as a result of back and neck impairments should be thoroughly recorded by a licensed medical professional for the SSD application process. The SSA will review this medical information when a determination is being made. Date of diagnosis is key during this process. Other medical information that is of interest to the SSA includes details related to treatment and the results of lab tests that may have been ordered during treatment. For example, X-rays and MRIs may be used to diagnose back and neck impairments and help doctors form a treatment plan.
A residual functional capacity (RFC) test completed by the applicant helps the SSA determine whether an applicant is significantly limited by a disability. This test also lets the SSA know whether an applicant could find work in a different field based on their employment history.
Applying for SSD benefits is a long and difficult process for individuals to complete alone. It is recommended that applicants ask an attorney for help with the application process to ensure that they are treated fairly by the SSA. Social Security Counseling Center offers free consultations for applicants. Call us today at [number type=”1″] or at our toll free number [number type=”3″] to get started.