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What are the disability requirements for degenerative disc disease?



 
Social Security impairment listing, 1.04 Disorders of the spine, provides the medical criteria need to be approved for disability benefits if you are disabled due to degenerative disc disease.

The listing requires that you have a diagnosis of herniated nucleus pulposus (ruptured disc), spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, arachnoiditis, or vertebral fracture that results in a compromise of the nerve root or the spinal cord. With:

*Verification of nerve root compression, evidenced by neuro-anatomic distribution of pain, limitation of movement of the spine, loss of motor function (atrophy with muscle weakness or muscle weakness) along with loss of sensory and reflexes, and in the case of a lower back issue there must be a positive straight-leg raising test (sitting and supine).

OR

*Spinal arachnoiditis, verified with an operative note or pathology report of a tissue biopsy or any other medically acceptable imaging, characterized by severe burning or painful dysesthesia (impairment of any sense, especially of the sense of touch, often a painful, persistent sensation induced by a gentle touch of the skin), resulting in the need to change position or posture move than one time every two hours.

OR

*Lumbar spinal stenosis that results in pseudoclaudication, evidenced by findings of a medically acceptable imaging, manifested by chronic nonradicular pain and weakness, that result in an inability to effectively ambulate (walk).

Resources:

1. Applying for disability with Degenerative Disc Disease
2. Degenerative joint disease and Filing for Disability
3. Denied for disability with degenerative disc disease
4. Disability claims involving spinal stenosis, arachnoiditis, degenerative disc disease








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