Getting Approved for Disability Due to Back Problems

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Applying for SSD with Back Pain in Illinois

Back pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek medical treatment today. While back pain sometimes improves with conservative treatments such as rest and stretching, for many Americans, the pain is relentless, and more extreme measures such as steroid injections or even surgery may be required to relieve their back pain.

If you suffer from lower or upper back pain due to DDD, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or another back condition, and this interferes with your ability to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. To qualify for disability, you will need to show that due to your back problems (along with any other medical or psychiatric issues you experience) you’re unable to work in any type of job, for at least a year period. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to see medical records indicating the severity of your back condition(s) and what treatments you have tried to relieve your pain.

While medical records and doctor’s reports are an important piece of the puzzle if you are applying for disability due to lower back pain (LBP), what the records cannot show is exactly how much pain you experience. This can make getting approved for disability benefits based on back issues more difficult. The severity of a back disorder does not always match up with the level of pain that the patient experiences. For instance, some people have relatively severe degenerative disc disease (DDD) yet experience minimal pain. Others might have a more mild case of DDD, but be in significant pain. It’s critical that those deciding your disability claim understand exactly how your back pain affects your ability to function.

Marshall W. Conick is a skilled Joliet Social Security lawyer who has extensive experience representing those who are applying for disability due to back pain in Illinois. Contact our Illinois disability law firm for a free consultation arranged around your schedule. There is no obligation and no cost – in fact, you will only pay us if you are approved for disability benefits. If your disability claim is denied, you could be in for a long wait as you progress through the stressful appeals process. Minimize the chances of that happening by calling (630) 953-9055 today. Marshall Conick has convenient offices in New Lenox, Tinley Park and Oakbrook Terrace.

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