April 18, 2019

Sciatica and Social Security Disability

Sciatica and Social Security Disability. Sciatica can generally be described as radiation of pain from your lower back into your hip, buttocks, and/or lower extremities.  This can result from the sciatic nerve being pinched or compressed.  It is often caused by the degeneration of an intervertebral disc.  The pain from sciatica can vary greatly from a minor pain to a burning sensation or the feeling of an electrical shock.

If you
experience sciatica, testing such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRI’s can demonstrate
the cause of your sciatic pain.  The Social
Security Administration (SSA) relies on these types of objective tests to
establish a disabling condition.  Most
medical providers can order objective testing to help determine the cause of
your symptoms.  An abundance of medical treatment
is needed to prove to the SSA how severe your disabling condition is.  Common treatment types can include pain
management, injections, or physical therapy. 
Without these types of medical documentation, it can be hard to support your
allegations of pain; relying on the SSA to send you to one of their exams is
usually not enough.  It is important for
you to tell your medical providers how you experience sciatic pain and the
limitations it causes you.

Many of my clients with back impairments experience negative effects on their daily lives.  They describe pain with standing, walking, and sitting. These limitations can impact a person’s ability to do many job tasks.  In addition to preventing a worker’s postural movements like reaching or bending, pain can make it hard to concentrate or complete your duties.  Some of my clients even require an assistive device like a cane or walker in order to relieve their pain while they stand or walk.  This can cause difficulty in jobs that require an employee to stand and walk around the work space or use more than one hand for job tasks.  Medical proof of these limitations and supporting medical records can be the difference between winning and losing your Social Security Disability claim.

With all Social
Security Disability claims, it is important that you apply as soon as you are
unable to work a full-time job.  There
are income restrictions for receiving Social Security disability payments.  There are also time limits in filing
paperwork and submitting evidence that you need to adhere to so that you can
maximize your chances of winning your claim. 

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