Spinal Disorders and Social Security Disability

Individuals with certain types of spinal disorders may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Whether the spinal condition was caused by a traumatic injury or a degenerative disorder an individual may qualify. To be eligible for Social Security disability benefit, the condition must be severe enough to prevent a claimant from engaging in any gainful employment.

Social Security claims for disability based on spinal disorders and back pain are very common. Back pain and movement problems may be caused by a number of disorders including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP) or herniated disc
  • Osteoporosis
  • Trauma
  • Tumor
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Lumbar strain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Osteomyelitis

A Social Security Disability claimant must prove that the condition affects the ability to engage in any gainful activity. Since most jobs in the economy require sitting, standing, or walking, a claimant also must prove that the condition limits the amount of time he or she can sit, stand, and walk.

Like any other medical conditions, your chance for approval increases if you have medical records of your spinal disorder. These type of claims generally require evidence such as X-Rays or an MRI report. Objective medical evidence is imperative to a spinal disorder claims. We suggest you see a specialist if you have not seen a doctor for this condition. If you cannot afford to see a doctor, Social Security may send you to a consulting examination to evaluate your condition, but it is best to have your own doctor.

Chances of your Social Security Disability case being approved are very high as long as you provide sufficient medical evidence and your spinal disorder meets the Social Security regulations. However, it is important to remember that spinal disorder claims can get complicated if you do not have medical evidence to prove your limitations. It is crucial that you consult with a disability advocate to gather enough medical documentation to prove that you condition is severe enough to qualify for benefits. If you are not sure whether you condition is severe enough to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, please contact us.


For more information about spinal disorders visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/1.00-Musculoskeletal-Adult.htm#1_04