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Can you get SSDI for back pain?

On Behalf of | Dec 9, 2023 | Social Security Disability

Back pain is a common health issue that affects 65 million people in America, as reported by the Health Policy Institute. In some cases, the back pain can be debilitating enough to interfere with work and daily activities. If you suffer from severe back pain, you might wonder whether you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. SSDI is a program that provides financial assistance to people who are unable to work due to a disability.

The process of applying for SSDI for back pain can be complex, and the Social Security Administration does not consider all cases of back pain as eligible. Understanding the criteria and process can help you determine if applying for SSDI is a viable option for you.

Severity and duration of your back pain

The severity and duration of your back pain are key factors in determining eligibility for SSDI. Your back pain must be so severe that it prevents you from doing any substantial gainful activity. Additionally, doctors must expect that the condition will last for at least 12 months or result in death.

Medical documentation

Providing thorough medical documentation is crucial. You need to show evidence of your condition through medical records, such as MRI or CT scan results, physical therapy notes, and physician evaluations. These documents should detail how your back pain limits your functional capabilities.

Meeting the SSA’s criteria

The Social Security Administration has specific criteria for back pain under their listing of impairments. Your condition must meet or equal one of the listed impairments, which include various spinal disorders. If your back pain does not specifically meet these criteria, you can still qualify by proving that your condition is equivalent in severity to a listed impairment.

Ability to work

The SSA will evaluate your ability to work. They consider your age, education, past work experience and transferable skills to determine if there are any jobs you could do despite your back pain.

If you are suffering from debilitating back pain, exploring the possibility of SSDI can be an important step in managing your condition and maintaining financial stability. Remember, each SSDI case is unique, so consider your specific situation and the severity of your condition when deciding whether to apply.