Back pain is one of the most common reasons people are unable to continue their jobs. From the moans and groans you make when getting up out of your chair after sitting for a long period of time, to the excruciating pain you feel anytime you lift something heavy, back pain is no laughing matter.

Understanding Back Pain

Your back is filled with small ligaments and tendons that hold your body together. When something goes wrong and your bones or muscles weaken, the pain you feel could limit your ability to perform the same tasks you once were responsible in your job.

One of the most common reasons people give for missing work is back pain. It is not a condition to take lightly. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that you have a specific diagnosis for why you are in pain.

Here are some of the top causes of back pain that may impact your ability to work:

  • Nerve root irritation that carries the signal from your brain to your legs and arms
  • Strained back muscles
  • Injured joints, ligaments, or bones
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Injured vertebrae


These injuries are often caused by strain on your muscles and ligaments, which can make it difficult to pinpoint a specific triggering incident. Regardless, your doctor should give you a diagnosis of why you are in such pain. This diagnosis will then determine whether you qualify for SSDI in Rhode Island.

If you need more help with your specific application and symptoms, contact our office for a free consultation. We will go through your case and give you suggestions on how you can increase your chances of being approved.

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John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer