Back pain is the most common complaint among people who apply for disability benefits. Unfortunately, back pain does not always have a cause that is easy to find using x-rays, computerized tomography, or magnetic resonance imaging.
Some people who contact a disability lawyer have incapacitating back pain but were denied disability benefits because there were no apparent objective abnormalities to explain the pain. Other people have x-rays or other medical images that indicate they should be in severe pain, yet they have few or no symptoms.
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The Social Security Administration has admitted that “there is a relative lack of correlation between findings on imaging and function of the joint,” but many administrative law judges (judges employed by the Social Security Administration to decide if claimants should receive benefits) still deny benefits based on lack of significant physical evidence to support the degree of back pain alleged.
In such cases, it becomes especially important to get the help of an experienced disability lawyer, who will be able to help the treating physician provide the Social Security Administration with an explanation about how symptoms can be severe, even in the absence of objective signs.
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Back pain can be caused by a number of medical conditions, including osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, osteoporosis, trauma, tumor, arachnoiditis, lumbar strain, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, kyphosis, or osteomyelitis.
Remember that what matters when you file a claim for disability benefits is your ability to work, not your medical diagnosis. Meeting a listing in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments is one way to receive disability benefits, but you can also get disability benefits for back pain if your residual functional capacity (the work you can do in spite of your back pain) is too low for you to hold a job, based on your age, education, and experience. The Social Security Administration will rate your RFC as “heavy,” “medium,” “light,” or “sedentary.”
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