A herniated disc, and/or other related back problems, may qualify a claimant for disability benefits if it prevents him or her from being able to maintain work.
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What Is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc occurs when the material between two vertebrae is moved from its position. This causes the nerves near the disc to become compressed, irritated or pinched.
How Herniated Discs Form
Herniated or ruptured discs may develop for a number of reasons. The vertebrae of the spine are separated by soft cushions. Over time, discs lose elasticity, potentially resulting in the diagnosis of a herniated disc.
Sometimes this problem arises due to an accident or other traumatic injury. In other cases, the problem develops over time as the body endures continued stress on the spine. These types of diagnoses are known as “degenerative.”
Symptoms of Herniated Discs
Individuals who have one or more herniated discs may suffer from a number of symptoms, including:
- Severe back pain
- Leg pain
- Weakness in the legs
- Tingling or “pins and needles”
Individuals who suffer from herniated discs may experience this condition in conjunction with other conditions, such as spinal stenosis.
Treatment for Herniated Discs
Treating herniated discs usually involves physical therapy, steroid injections, or may even require surgery. Those dealing with herniated discs are sometimes prescribed a back brace and pain medications as needed.
Developing Your Case
In order to qualify for benefits, you must be able to present enough objective evidence that establishes you suffer from this condition and demonstrate how it impacts your life. Your disability lawyer can compile documentation which shows your diagnosis, the medical treatment you have received to date to help treat the condition, how treatment affected your condition, and whether you responded to treatment. Tests such as CAT scans, x-rays, MRIs, and others can help prove your case.
Additionally, medical evidence should be collected that shows the severity of your condition and how it impacts your ability to work. The Social Security Administration may request a medical evaluation to confirm or clarify information in your medical records. This can include evaluations regarding mental illness such as investigating how depression or anxiety may contribute to your condition.
Schedule a Consultation with Maryland Herniated Disc Disability Lawyers
At Andalman & Flynn, an attorney will work both on initial applications and appeals. We can assist with collecting medical records, reports, and other expert evidence such as vocational evaluations and Independent Medical Evaluations to help you maximize your chances of winning your claims. Contact us today.