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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).


*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.


*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).


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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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability status, How to check
How to find if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to qualify for disability, who qualifies?
Qualify for disability, eligibility requirements, criteria
How long does a request for a disability hearing take?
How Long Will it Take To Get a Disability Decision Letter from Social Security?
How long does it take to get or be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
Applying for disability, how to apply, where to go
When should you File for Disability benefits
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability