Do Your Symptoms From a Ruptured Disc Qualify You for SSDI?

It can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute you’re going about your day as normal, and the next you find yourself badly injured and unable to move.

Ruptured discs happen for a lot of reasons. When they happen due to a car accident, sports or work injury, or from any sudden and heavy pressure on your back, you could experience a pain unlike anything else you’ve ever felt.

Disabling Symptoms of Ruptured Discs

Although your injury happened in a second, the symptoms of your ruptured disc could last you weeks, months, or years. Some of the most disabling symptoms that go along with a ruptured disc include:

  • Radiating pain in your back and neck
  • Muscle weakness or spasms
  • Severe pain in your upper body
  • Severe pain in your lower back or pelvic region
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
     

These symptoms can make it impossible for you to perform your job in any capacity – sedentary or active. It is important that you see a doctor right away to find the best treatment option for you.

Social Security Disability Might Be Able to Help

When you’re unable to work, you might consider getting Social Security disability as a way to help cover your expenses while you heal. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not have a specific listing for ruptured discs.

In order to receive SSDI in New Hampshire for your ruptured disc, you must show that you have another condition along with your ruptured disc. You must also show specifically how your symptoms prevent you from doing your job. For example, if you have severe pain in your upper body, you might not be able to lift heavy objects, or sit and focus on your work for long periods of time.

The process of healing, and of getting the benefits you need is long and difficult. We encourage you to download our free book with the five most frequently asked questions about Social Security Disability to learn more about the process, and how you can get the help you need.

John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney of Keefe Disability Law
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