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Scoliosis? You May Qualify for SSD or SSI Disability Benefits

Scoliosis? You May Qualify for SSD or SSI Disability BenefitsScoliosis is a curve in the spine that cause your spine to have the shape of a “C” or “S”. It is abnormal and the severity can vary from person to person. Many with scoliosis suffer little effects from it while others may suffer persistent back pain, breathing problems, or spine or nerve damage from spinal surgery or uncorrected scoliosis. Due to the varying degrees of and complications with scoliosis, treatment can range from regular appointments with doctors to ensure there are no changes in the curve of your spine to requiring surgery to straighten the spine by inserting metal poles.

Very severe cases of scoliosis, referred to as kyphosis and kyphoscoliosis, are the only cases that will qualify for and CAT Scans

  • -Physical examination with detailed description of limitations
  • -Records of ongoing treatment that shows that the condition is not improving despite therapy to improve it.
  • Other Disability Listings Associated with Scoliosis

    Scoliosis can also affect many other body systems. Severe scoliosis can affect your ability to breath, your heart function, and your mental health due to visible deformities or chronic pain. Listings such as these that may apply to scoliosis include:

    • -Respiratory disorders
    • -Cardiovascular disorders
    • -Mental disorders, and
    • -Inflammatory arthritis.

    Your Ability to Work

    If you’re unable to found by Social Security as disabled under the blue book, you may be eligible for benefits if you are found unable to return to work. Social Security will assess your physical, mental, and sensory limitations using a RFC (Residual Functional Capacity) form. They then use a formula to calculate your ability to work any job based on your age, education and work experience.

    If you have scoliosis, your biggest limitation to returning to work is physical. Besides walking and standing, requirements such as lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling may be impossible for you due to scoliosis. Mental problems such as isolation or depression may also make returning to work impossible.

    Contact us today to see if you qualify for benefits.