Is Spinal Stenosis a Permanent Disability?

Submitted by rsg on Thu, 06/30/2022 - 10:05

Spinal stenosis is a serious condition that can cause debilitating pain as well as mobility issues. If spinal stenosis is untreated, it can progress and lead to permanent spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis can cause severe disabilities because it leads to weakness, numbness, and balance difficulties. Here is a closer look at spinal stenosis.

Are There Treatments for Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis can cause several severe symptoms. More common symptoms include:

  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Balance problems
  • Incontinence
  • Paralysis

There are different treatments available for spinal stenosis. Your physician will determine which treatment is best suited for your specific condition and symptoms. Some treatment options include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Nerve pain medication
  • Physical exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

If you are unable to perform routine daily tasks or if you cannot work and earn a living because of spinal stenosis, you should seek medical care. When you apply for disability benefits, you will need supporting medical evidence.

A doctor will also need to help you with your claim by backing up your claim and confirming the severity of your disability. You will need copies of medical records, including imaging reports that confirm the diagnosis.

Receiving Disability Benefits for Spinal Stenosis

It is possible to have a successful disability claim and be approved for disability benefits if you suffer from spinal stenosis. The Blue Book, which is the medical guide used by the SSA for disability claims, has a listing for spinal stenosis.

Such claims are evaluated under Section 1.00 for Musculoskeletal Disorders, which are disorders of the skeletal spine resulting in a compromise of a nerve root. Listing 1.16 is for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis resulting in compromise of the cauda equina.

To qualify per the Blue Book listing, you must show that you have a diagnosis of spinal stenosis and that the condition cause chronic pain and weakness that does not radiate from a nerve and that seriously interferes with your ability to walk and requires the use of a walking device requiring the use of both arms, or that causes the inability to walk at a reasonable pace or while on terrain that is not even.

Most claims are denied on the initial review, but you should appeal that decision before the deadline so your claim can advance to the next level. Most claims are approved at the hearing level, where an administrative law judge will hear testimony regarding your condition, its restrictions and limitations, and other details about your disability to work because of spinal stenosis.

Get Help Today

If you are unable to work because of spinal stenosis and you are getting ready to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, or if you are ready to appeal a claim denial, you should complete a Free Case Evaluation Form. A disability attorney may be familiar with the applicable laws and can help you gather supporting evidence and prepare for a hearing.

Claimants represented by disability lawyers may be likely to have their claim approved and be awarded disability benefits. Fill out the Free Case Evaluation today to get in touch with an independent, participating attorney who subscribes to the website.

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