DOCUMENTING BACK PAIN AND RELATED SYMPTOMS OF BACK PAIN FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

Posted June 1, 2015

One of the most common complaints that the attorneys at Drummond Disability concerns clients who have significant back issues or who claim that their back pain prevents them from being substantially gainfully employed. There are many different causes for the symptoms many people have that generate their significant back issues.

The most common denominator of back complaints is simply pain and it often includes associated numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation. It is not at all unusual for a Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income claimant to have symptoms that seem to travel down the outside of their leg either to the knee or to the foot. It also is not unusual for these symptoms to include numbness or burning and they often cause their leg to appear to give out or give way which can result in falls.

We have found that people a significant back complaints really fight using a cane or a crutch or other assistive devices such as walkers or motorized carts. Many of our clients would rather remain homebound then to be seen by the public as a cripple and this is an issue we have to deal with quite frequently.

When a person has medical problems originating in the back, we view our first duty to be to help our clients fully document the nature of their condition and why it causes such difficulty.

Some of the more common underlying causes of significant back complaints are degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, collapsed or fractured vertebrae, arthritis and arthritic spurring, tumors and similar abnormalities, which can cause significant symptoms to arise in the back. Most Social Security adjudicators and Administrative Law Judges for the Social Security Administration demand that there be diagnostic evidence in the file to unequivocally show a documented medical cause for particular petitioner’s back related symptoms.

What this means is we have to encourage our clients to have at the outset the proper diagnostics to correctly access the very nature of their disabling condition. The most common tests utilized in diagnosing the back are MRIs, CT scans, myelograms with or without a CT scan or MRI, EMGs and physical examinations and tests that provide an evidentiary basis supporting a condition of the likely cause for extreme enough symptoms to preclude employment.

Fortunately these days with the Affordable Care Act (often called Obama Care) being the law of the land, it is much easier for our clients to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.

As part of our job as an attorney representing the disabled claimants, the attorneys and staff at Drummond disability feel it’s our duty to help our clients find physicians and get the testing and treatment they need for their own betterment and to fully document the claims.

Disability is becoming much more difficult to get, particularly in the last three years where there has been a dramatic decrease in the approval rate of disability claims.

If you have back difficulties or any other health problem and feel that you can no longer be employed, the attorneys and staff at Drummond Disability are happy to talk to you and discuss your claim. We can assist you with the paperwork and in fact can even file your disability claim for you online, either in person or on the phone, without you even having to come to the office. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free consultation at (800) 842-0426.

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