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Back pain can be caused by many different spinal conditions. Spinal conditions usually occur either as a result of the normal aging process or after a traumatic incident such as a car accident or a fall.
Chronic conditions causing back pain include degenerative disc disease or “DDD” which can affect many in their 40s and often progressively gets worse as you age. This degenerative process is not something you can prevent as it is a result of normal wear and tear. If you have a history of more physically arduous work, you may accelerate the normal degenerative process.
Back pain can also result from osteoarthritis; inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, arachnoiditis, and spondylitis; and problems involving the nerves in the back: spinal stenosis, nerve root compression, herniated discs, scoliosis, or spondylolisthesis.
Social security will pay benefits for persons disabled by the conditions cited above. In <this link> they discuss the evaluation of back conditions in great detail. Generally, in order to be considered severe enough to be totally disabling, your orthopedic impairment must:
- Cause range of motion limitations in your back, neck, or major joints such as the hips or shoulders;
- Affect your ability to sit, walk (ambulate effectively), stand, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl;
- Require the use of an assistive such as a cane, brace, walker etc.;
- Cause severe pain that requires medication or other therapeutic interventions to manage;
- Can be documented using acceptable medical tests such as MRIs and X-Rays;
- Significantly impact your ability to take care of your personal needs and other daily activities you perform such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc.
If you have severe back pain, consult with your doctor. With appropriate imaging to identify the affected areas and pain management your back pain can be managed. To get help and information about getting disability with a back condition call the experts at Southeastern Disability who have the experience of proving and winning back related cases.
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