What Is Lumbar Stenosis?
It can often be the result of a bulging or ruptured disc in your back. There are several symptoms that you may experience with lumbar stenosis, including severe leg weakness, pain, and the loss of deep tendon reflexes. Pain can be aggravated by movement, particularly walking.
There are various treatment options available, but the kind chosen and its level of effectiveness is dependent upon the severity of your condition.
Surgical treatment options are also available but the effectiveness can vary and the approach used is dependent upon the severity of the symptoms that you are experiencing.
However, lumbar stenosis can be a very debilitating condition that negatively impacts your mobility and makes doing regular activities almost impossible.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Lumbar Stenosis
If you suffer from lumbar stenosis that has symptoms so severe that your ability to perform daily activities are impacted, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Lumbar spinal stenosis may qualify for Social Security disability if your condition meets the SSA's Blue Book listing for lumbar stenosis.
Lumbar stenosis can have a significant impact on your mobility, as it causes your spinal canal to narrow.This results in the compression of your spinal cord and nerves.
How Lumbar Stenosis Can Impact Your Ability to Work
Because of the severe pain and impacted mobility, you can’t perform work duties that involve walking, lifting, or carrying. The severe pain and how movement impacts it can also make you shift frequently so you can’t stay in one position long.
In addition to causing problems standing and walking, you may have trouble sitting for long because of the pressure inflicted on the lumbar region of your spine. Hand and arm motions can make the pain more intense, so you may not be able to move or inspect items for work.
Because the pain will radiate, you can experience pain in all your limbs. You can experience pain in your thighs, lower back, and buttocks, and you could have severe weakness throughout your lower extremities.
This severe discomfort can make staying in one position for more than a few minutes unbearable. Because of your frequent repositioning requirements, it can be almost impossible to perform any kind of work duties.
Limitations for Specific Jobs
Lumbar stenosis can hinder your ability from performing any kind of job. Because of the severe pain and mobility issues, you cannot work construction, drive heavy machinery, or work for a utility company.
You can’t perform shipping and receiving jobs, do stock, or be a warehouse associate because you are unable to lift, carry, reach, climb ladders, or operate a tow motor.
When it comes to much more sedentary work duties, you are negatively impacted as well. The radiating pain can worsen with arm movements, so you can’t do data entry and filing. Answering busy phones is impossible when you are frequently repositioning and in constant pain.
Medical Evidence You Need
If your lumbar stenosis is affecting your ability to work full time, then you should consider applying for Social Security disability benefits. When you apply for disability benefits, you need to make sure you have as much medical evidence as possible to back up your claim.
You should consult with the SSA's Blue Book before applying, there it will tell you what the SSA looks for when applying for disability benefits with lumbar stenosis. You should have your doctor examine the spine and have results from a sitting and lying straight leg raise test.
You should also include any as x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs of the spine. If you had a surgical procedure on your spine, you should also include a surgical report. Your Social Security attorney will be able to help you make sure all of your medical documents are in order.
Talk to a Social Security Attorney Today
If your lumbar stenosis is impacting your ability to work, you should consult with a Social Security attorney. Your attorney will be able make sure all your supporting evidence gets to Disability Determination Services and help you build a strong case.
Your odds of being approved for benefits improve greatly when you are represented by an attorney. Having an attorney will make this process easier for you, and it will give you a better chance of winning your case.