Social Security frequently receives disability applications based on problems with the muscles and bones, and in particular the back and spine. Social Security's disability listings for the musculo-skeletal system covers disorders of the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Impairments that result from various musculo-skeletal disorders can be caused by trauma, aging, wear and tear, inflammation, abnormal development, and infection.
Social Security Disability Benefits for Degenerative Disc Disease
The SSA gets many applications for disability based on degenerative disc disease, and most of them get denied unless other physical or mental problems are present as well.
Disability Benefits for Nerve Root Compression
Nerve root compression in the spine can be caused osteoarthritis, herniated or slipped discs, degenerative disc disease, or vertebral fractures.
Disability Benefits for Spinal Stenosis
If you have severe pain in your back and legs and you can't walk effectively or stand for prolonged periods of time, you have a good chance of getting disability benefits.
Spinal Fusion and Disability Benefits
Spinal fusion surgery (also called “arthrodesis”) is often recommended for people suffering from broken vertebrae, spinal weakness, spinal deformities, and chronic lower back pain.
Getting Social Security Disability Benefits for Back Problems
Degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis all have different chances of getting approved for disability benefits.
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Disability Benefits for Amputations
A single amputation of a leg below the knee doesn't guarantee disability benefits. Here's what types of amputations do qualify.
Social Security Disability Benefits for Arthritis
Osteoarthritis can be disabling whether it's in your hands, wrists, knees, hips, or back.
Will Social Security Approve Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia?
Social Security disability claims based on fibromyalgia can be some of the most difficult cases for disability applicants to win.
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Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability
Nolo's disability book, written by a doctor and former chief medical consultant for Social Security, explains Social Security's disability listings for "musculo-skeletal" impairments.