Are You Looking for a Way Forward?

    If back pain is stopping you from functioning normally day-to-day—and working and making a living—Social Security Disability benefits can provide a way forward.

    Benefits give you monthly checks to help you stay afloat financially and live a more secure life. They also give you access to Medicare or Medicaid health coverage.

    But at one time or another, almost everyone experiences some kind of back pain.

    To win disability benefits, your back problems must meet certain qualifications.

    They must make it impossible for you to work, for the long term.

    If you don’t prove this to Social Security, it’s easy to get denied for benefits.

    A Social Security Disability lawyer can help.

    Geary Disability Law has helped thousands of people win benefits. We focus on helping people in the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

    We know what you need to prove to get disability benefits for back pain. So if back problems are disrupting your life, please reach out.

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    Back Conditions that Can Qualify for Disability Benefits

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes multiple types of back injury and back impairment that can qualify you for disability benefits.

    These are some of the specific, diagnosed back conditions that Social Security lists and offers guidelines on what you must show to get benefits:

    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Fractures caused by disorders that weaken bones
    • Herniated disc
    • Lower back nerve pinching (lumbar spinal stenosis)
    • Neck disorders (cervical spine)
    • Nerve root compression
    • Osteoarthritis of the spine (spondylosis)
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Vertebrae dislocation
    • Vertebrae fracture
    • Vertebrae slipping (spondylolisthesis)

    Your back problem, however, doesn’t have to be named on Social Security’s list for you to get disability benefits.

    If your back pain, whatever its cause, limits your ability to function, you may still be able to get benefits.

    Social Security will look at what it calls your “residual functional capacity” or RFC.

    That is an evaluation by your doctor of how much and what type of physical exertion you can handle considering your back pain.

    Your disability lawyer can help you get this information together. To learn more about what you individually may need for your disability claim for back pain, talk us at Geary Disability Law.

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    How to Prove Your Back Pain Qualifies for Social Security Disability

    To be approved for benefits, you must provide Social Security evidence of your back condition and its severity.

    Social Security is strict about the information you send in, even saying that, “Your statements about your pain or other symptoms will not alone establish that you are disabled.”

    Instead of your own word for it, Social Security wants what it calls “objective medical evidence.” These are several forms of this evidence:

    • Details of medications you take
    • Medical imaging results, including x-rays, CT scans and MRIs
    • Measurements of how your back condition weakens your muscles
    • Laboratory test results
    • Physical exam reports from doctors
    • Reports from health care providers on the results of treatment
    • Reports from medical providers on why you need an assistive device
    • Reports on operations you’ve had

    Something Social Security will look for in multiple types of documentation you submit are indications that your back pain has lasted for an extended time.

    Sometimes you also can submit one form of non-medical evidence: Statements from others who personally know you about how your back impairment has impacted your daily life.

    You can avoid mistakes and lighten your burden in putting together your case for disability benefits for back pain by getting a Wisconsin disability attorney to handle the heavy work.

    If you’re a Wisconsinite trying to get disability benefits for back conditions, knowing someone capable is taking care of your claim can be a major relief.

    Let us help you work toward finding financial support and stability.

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    Social Security Disability FAQs

    It’s only natural for you to have many questions when your life has been disrupted by health problems and you need financial assistance. Get started on your path forward with our answers to some of the questions we hear most often:

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