Degenerative disc disease is the leading reason why people apply for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI). Degenerative disc disease can be disabling, but most SSDI applications from those with the condition are denied. Why does this happen?
Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease. It is a term that is used to describe changes in the spine that occur as a natural part of aging. The bones in your spine (or vertebrae) are separated by soft, compressible discs. As you age, the discs begin to break down. This leaves less padding between the vertebrae. The body reacts to the lack of padding by growing bone spurs. These spurs can compress nerves and cause pain. For most people, the pain is intermittent. For some, it is chronic and severe.
Because degenerative disc disease is a normal part of getting older, the SSA requires more than a diagnosis to qualify an applicant for disability benefits. An applicant needs evidence that degenerative disc disease limits your ability to carry out work activities, such as your ability to walk effectively, your ability to lift or carry, or your ability to sit or stand for an extended period.
Our Lincoln disability lawyers have helped many people with pain from degenerative disc disease get the disability benefits they have earned. Learn more about how we can help you in our booklet, Why You Should Hire an Attorney to Handle Your Social Security Disability Claim.
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