Listing of Impairments – Musculoskelatal Impairments – Spinal stenosis and Disc Herniations | Tampa Bay Social Security Disability Attorney

Do you have spinal stenosis or a disc herniation? if you do, I feel for you! These are painful and disabling conditions.

The Social Security Administration evaluates disability claims for these conditions at Hurdle 3 (see our postings under Claims Process) using Section 1.04 Disorders of the Spine. You can click on a link to that section here.

Disorders of the spine “result in limitations because of distortion of the bony and the ligamentous architecture of the spine and associated impingement on nerve roots or spinal cord.” The impingement can be caused by a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, arachnoiditis, or other conditions.

If you have a herniated disc, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be looking for evidence in your medical records of nerve compression, limited range of motion of the spine, muscle weakness, pain, and sensory or reflex loss. If you have a herniated disc in your low back, the Social Security Administration will be looking for evidence of a positive straight leg raising test.

If you have a spinal arachnoiditis, the Social Security Administration will be looking for evidence of burning pain and even neurogenic bladder or bowel incontinence.

If you have lumbar stenosis, the Social Security Administration will be looking for evidence of pain and weakness that increases with walking.

If you have abnormal curvature of the spine, the Social Security Administration will be looking for problems walking and problems the curvature is causing with other body systems.

Take a look at the listing to see how precise and exacting the criteria are to meet a Section 1.04 Disorders of the Spine. To file a claim and earn the disability benefits that are rightfully yours contact experienced Social Security Disability Lawyers Cavey & Barrett.

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