The Social Security Administration considers your ability to engage in any kind of work when it determines whether you are disabled under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines and regulations. A few conditions are so severe that you are presumed to be disabled if you meet certain guidelines, either under the “compassionate allowance”, which are extremely severe conditions, or if you meet certain “listings”. Most of the listings are very complex and require proof of several objectively verifiable conditions or findings. Both the compassionate allowances and the listings can be found on the Social Security web site.
Proving a back condition to be so severe that it satisfies a listing is very difficult. The degree of severity must be great, and should be demonstrated by sensitive findings such as CT or MRI in most instances.
Back conditions that may result in a disabling condition may include trauma, degenerative disk disease (DDD), cancer or other tumor, stenosis, osteoarthritis, arachnoiditis, and herniated disk, to name a few.
The effect of pain in general is discussed in the musculoskeletal listing as follows:
- Pain or other symptoms. Pain or other symptoms may be an important factor contributing to functional loss. In order for pain or other symptoms to be found to affect an individual’s ability to perform basic work activities, medical signs or laboratory findings must show the existence of a medically determinable impairment(s) that could reasonably be expected to produce the pain or other symptoms. The musculoskeletal listings that include pain or other symptoms among their criteria also include criteria for limitations in functioning as a result of the listed impairment, including limitations caused by pain. It is, therefore, important to evaluate the intensity and persistence of such pain or other symptoms carefully in order to determine their impact on the individual’s functioning under these listings.
If you meet the definitions in the listing as to how disabling the condition is you may entitled to Social Security disability benefits. You may also be entitled to benefits if your condition medically equals a listing, or if it otherwise prevents you from being able to engage in substantial gainful activity.
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