Lumbar and Cervical Spine Impairments

February 6, 2014

A common question that many claimants have is about their neck or back pain. Sometimes, there can be a specific injury and other times, it is a progressive condition, which has worsened over time. The Social Security Administration considers range of motion and pain when faced with a cervical spine case.

Simply put, an impairment must be severe and prevent you from working in order for you to have a good claim for disability benefits. To prove that your impairment is severe, it is helpful to see x-ray, MRI and EMG reports from your doctor. Also, it is important to explain how the neck pain affects you. Does the pain move from your neck down your arms? Do you have difficulty sitting or standing because the pain is radiating down into your legs? Do you now have a hard time using your hands? What activities can you no longer complete? A judge who is evaluating your claim may also want to see the types of doctors you see, your medications, physical therapy and if you have been sent for physical therapy.

When you call our office to discuss your claim related to your back or neck pain, try to think of a few examples that will show you are a credible witness to a judge. For example, how is your pain affecting you at home? Do any of your friends or family members have any examples? You may be currently working or recently out of work because of a neck related impairment. In that case, would your last employer be able to provide a letter to you about your performance?

Remember that the x-rays, MRIs and EMGs are just the tip of the iceberg. There is where it is important to consult with one of our attorneys to see if we are able to help you win your case. A representative can obtain the pertinent medical evidence, prepare you to testify at a hearing, and guide you in getting an opinion from your doctor.

If you have a back or neck impairment, please contact our office for a free consultation at 312-443-0900.