Back Problems? Could You Use a Financial Lift?

    Back problems often come with the territory of aging. But when your back has grown so stiff, so sore, so painful that you can’t work, it’s more than an inconvenience. Your livelihood is at stake.

    Degenerative disc disease, while common, can be truly debilitating. It often starts with an injury or spinal condition and steadily worsens over time.

    But there’s a path to financial relief. Social Security recognizes “musculoskeletal conditions” like degenerative disc disease as eligible for disability benefits. Benefits are a vital lifeline for keeping you financially stable while you concentrate on what matters most: getting better.

    Because Social Security doesn’t make getting benefits easy, and most first-time applicants are denied, it can be a great advantage to have an experienced disability lawyer supporting your case. Geary Disability Law has helped thousands of people win benefits in Green Bay, Appleton, the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

    If degenerative disc disease is disrupting your life, give us a call.

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    How Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits with Degenerative Disc Disease?

    The National Institutes of Health estimates that 40 percent of 40-year-olds have degenerative disc disease, and 80 percent of 80-year-olds do. So it’s a common theme alongside growing older.

    Spinal discs are sacs of fluid that act as shock absorbers for your spine. Over time, they can dry out and flatten, causing pain.

    Degenerative disc disease often springs up among otherwise healthy adults in their 30s or 40s. You can get it from injuries, playing sports, and repetitive daily activities.

    Qualifying for Social Security Disability with degenerate disc disease means documenting your symptoms, which can include:

    • Pain while sitting
    • Pain while standing for long periods
    • Pain bending down or lifting something up
    • Pain that ebbs and flows over weeks and months
    • Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs
    • Weakness in your legs, which may signal nerve damage

    If your degenerative disc disease impacts the spine’s nerve root, making the pain so severe or the function of your limbs so reduced that it keeps you from working, then you may be able to get Social Security Disability.

    At Geary Disability Law, we can help you assess your situation and find the best way to present your situation to Social Security. Talk to Geary Disability Law for an initial consultation on your claim.

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    How Do I Prove My Social Security Disability Case for Degenerative Disc Disease?

    It can be a challenge proving to Social Security that your condition keeps you from working—in any job at all.

    Medical documentation is key to success. You’ll need to prove you can’t work for at least a year by providing some of the following records:

    • Symptoms of pain from medical reports
    • Diagnostic test results that show muscle weakness or nerve damage
    • X-rays or other images that show your condition is impacting a nerve
    • Documentation from medical providers that you can’t walk without help
    • Documentation that you have trouble using your arms or hands or both

    Collecting all of these materials isn’t a project you have to take on alone.

    If you live in Wisconsin, Geary Disability Law is here for you. We know how best to best approach disability claims for degenerative disc disease. Let us lighten your burden.

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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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