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What type of back pain qualifies for disability?

Back pain can qualify for disability if it is diagnosed by a medical professional as an impairment that is significant enough to limit one’s daily activities and prevent them from working. Generally, the back pain must be caused by a physically disabling condition, such as spinal stenosis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, or sciatica.

Back pain resulting from injuries may also qualify.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that applicants with back pain meet its specific criteria to qualify for disability benefits. An individual must prove to the SSA that their back pain is so severe that it affects their ability to perform everyday activities, such as walking, standing, sitting, or bending.

Medical evidence must be provided to the SSA demonstrating the existence and severity of the condition. The evidence must also include a diagnosis from a qualified medical specialist, such as an orthopedic or neurosurgeon.

In addition to qualifying medical conditions, the SSA will consider the severity and type of the pain, functional limitations, and the extent to which the applicant is able to retain some functionality.

The applicant must be able to properly document their limitations and their residual functional capacity in order to be approved for benefits. If the applicant is unable to do so, then the SSA may deny their case.

If you believe that your back pain qualifies you for disability benefits, it is important to speak with a qualified attorney or social security advocate who can help ensure that your application is properly completed and supported with the necessary evidence.

How hard is it to get disability for back pain?

Getting disability for back pain can be somewhat difficult because it is often difficult to prove that the pain you are experiencing significantly impairs your ability to work and perform everyday activities.

In order to qualify for disability benefits, you must first be diagnosed with a medical disorder or impairment that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Back pain alone is not enough to qualify and you will need to have a doctor or other medical professional diagnose you with an underlying condition that is causing the pain, such as degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, or another musculoskeletal disorder.

Additionally, the Social Security Administration requires that you provide medical evidence of your disability, such as x-rays, MRI results, and medical records from your doctor. If your condition does not meet the criteria for disability, it is possible to appeal your case for a reconsideration or hearing.

You may need to seek help from a disability advocate, disability lawyer, or disability agency in order to increase your chances of being approved.