Musculoskeletal Disorders cover a vast area. The single most common musculoskeletal disorders that we deal with in disability claims involve the back. The three most common back complaints are with:
- LUMBAR SPINE: This is the lower set of vertebrae below the rib cage.
- CERVICAL SPINE: This is the neck above the shoulder area.
- THORACIC SPINE: Those vertebrae between the neck and the low back.
Spinal injuries often cause problems in other parts of the body besides the spine itself. Usually people with cervical injuries (neck) will have pain and problems using their arms and hands. Very frequently these people may often suffer from debilitating headaches. In developing a claim based upon a neck injury it is of utmost importance to document if the pain or injuries impact the arms and hands. The frequency and severity of headaches are also a significant factor in a disability claim.
Lumbar spine injuries involving the low back usually cause significant and disabling pain and also frequently have radiation of the pain down a leg. Often people with low back injuries have trouble walking and many need assistance from a cane or crutches. The inability to effectively ambulate without having to take rest periods throughout the day or without using an assistive device such as a cane or crutch is a critical factor in many disability claims.
Other musculoskeletal disorders that frequently form the basis of disability claims at Drummond Disability involve weight supporting structures such as the hips, knees and ankles which often can affect the ability to sit, stand or ambulate. One of the critical factors in establishing any disability claim has to do with the ability of the claimant to be able to walk (ambulate) sufficiently enough to be employed. People with injuries often are totally incapable of sustained employment since they require multiple breaks or rest periods during the day and may even need to elevate their legs.
Another common variant frequently seen at Drummond Disability has to do with situations where injuries have occurred and have not healed properly. Under most circumstances there is a requirement that the condition has lasted in excess of twelve months.
Since there are many other factors involved that can affect a viable disability claim, call Drummond Disability to get HELP. Let us put our disability experience to work for you.
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