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Can Herniated Discs Cause Permanent Disability?

Small discs cushion the bones in your back around your spine. These discs act as shock absorbers and protect your spinal bones. However, these discs can slip. This is also called herniate, out of place because of a tear or rupture in their outer layers. Herniated discs often happen to individuals in their 30s and 40s. Especially affect those who sit for long periods of time or who bend, twist, and lift heavy objects often. When a disc herniates, it can cause severe pain and can, in some cases, cause disability.

Qualifying for Disability Because of Herniated Discs

When you apply for disability, the Social Security Administration reviews your application. They review many, many applications for disability because of herniated discs, and often, they are denied. If you want to qualify for disability, you need to convince the SSA that you are truly disabled and cannot work. One way to do this is to see your doctor and make sure that the impairment listing they supply on your records matches one in the SSA’s book of impairments that are covered. Another way you may be approved for disability is if, even though the SSA thinks you are capable of completing work, they determine that you are not eligible for any jobs because of your age or education.

To qualify for disability, your condition has to be such that medical professionals and the SSA think that your disability will last for at least 12 months.

Medical Evidence

To gain disability benefits, you must provide medical evidence of your injury causing a disability for herniated discs. Which entails a comprehensive spinal exam by an orthopedic specialist. This could include an MRI, physical, and a straight leg raising (SLR) test.

Filling Out the Application

Call the SSA to set up an appointment to fill out an application for disability benefits. When filling out your application, be specific about how your herniated disc. Especially how it affects your life and your family’s life and how it impacts your ability to work.

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