How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

What type of back problems qualify for disability?

Social Security will evaluate any medical impairment for disability benefits as the focus of an SSD or SSI disability claim is on the severity of the condition and how it limits a person from working, versus simply the condition itself.

Individuals routinely apply for painful and limiting back problems such as facet arthritis, arthritis of the spine i.e. osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, bulging disc (sometimes referred to as a slipped disc), and ruptured disc (also known HNP, or herniated nucleus pulposus).

One thing to bear in mind when applying for disability is that Social Security is looking for evidence of reduced function, which translates into a reduced ability to work. For disorders of the spine, Social Security is looking for decreased range of function and motor function, as well as pain.

Many individuals have significant lower, mid, or cervical spine issues that cause daily, ongoing pain and discomfort while not causing muscle atrophy, weakness, or significant loss of range of motion. For these individuals, it will be especially important to list all medical conditions, physical and mental, in order to present a stronger case.

If a person has depression that, combined with the daily burden of pain, makes it especially difficult to engage in normal, daily activities, treatment for this should be documented so that it can be evaluated by a disability examiner or a judge at a disability hearing.

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3. How will Social Security evaluate my degenerative disc disease?
4. Can I file for disability for degenerative disc disease if I am still working?
5. Will it be difficult to win disability on the basis of a back condition?
6. Are Social Security Disability Claims Based On Back Pain Usually Turned Down?
7. Can I Receive Disability Benefits with Back problems?
8. Applying for disability with Depression

Essential Questions

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

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Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

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Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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