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I have a slipped disk and am in excruciating pain. Am I eligible for Social Security disability benefits?


Patients with this type of injury are often sent to physical therapy facilities such as Coppola Physical Therapy in Concord, New Hampshire. Most of the time, your physical therapist will utilize traction and other forms of mild therapy to allow your body to heal naturally. Depending on the extent of your injury, treatments can last for weeks or months. If physical therapy does not resolve the problem adequately enough to allow you to return to normal activity levels, you might need surgery.

Obtaining Social Security Disability for a Slipped Disc

When you cannot move normally, working is difficult. Manual labor is impossible, and sitting for long periods only puts added pressure on your back. However, you must meet the following requirements in order to qualify to receive Social Security disability insurance payments for this condition:

  • Your must have experienced your symptoms for over a year. You might also qualify if your doctor expects your symptoms to last for over a year. This time period starts from when your symptoms started—not from the date of your accident or injury.
  • You cannot perform any sedentary or manual job. In addition to your physical limitations, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will take your work experience, education levels, age, and job skills into consideration when determining whether you might be able to work in another role.


Do you have questions about applying for Social Security disability? We encourage you to check out the related articles for more detail and information about applying for Social Security disability with a back injury. And if you still have questions, contact our office directly to discuss your specific situation. We are here to help you.

John L. Keefe
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