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Scoliosis and SSD: Are You Eligible to Receive Benefits?

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2017 | Physical Impairments And SSD

Approximately 3 out of every 100 people are diagnosed with scoliosis in the United States. This medical condition presents as a curving of the spine into an S or C shape. Depending on the severity, scoliosis may require surgery and/or wearing a brace to correct the condition in teenagers and children. If a severe case is left untreated or deemed uncorrectable, scoliosis can cause severe chronic pain and make mobility difficult, especially as that person ages. What may have presented as a minor curvature of the spine, or a curvature that was not caught and corrected can result in a lifelong debilitating condition that makes walking, lifting, sitting, and laying down a painful process that only worsens with time.

A severe case of scoliosis can put severe limitations on an individual’s life in terms of recreational and professional options. Chronic pain can make social life problematic, and if your mobility and balance are affected it can be very difficult to find gainful employment in certain sectors. Add to that the difficulty of getting around at work or sitting and standing for extended periods of time, and severe scoliosis really has the potential to take over your life for the worse. The good news is that persons with severe scoliosis can actually qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if their condition meets certain criteria. Primarily, your scoliosis needs to affect you in one of three ways:

-nerve root compression: a condition causing weakness or pain and limiting your ability to maintain your balance or walk

-inflammation of the membrane surrounding the spine: a condition that forces you to change positions more than twice per hour in order to avoid severe pain

-narrowing of the spine: this is a condition that results in chronic pain, overall weakness, and an inability to walk independently.

If you are a New York resident who suffers from severe scoliosis and believe you may be eligible for SSD benefits, visit New York Disability today to see how we can help you make the best case possible for everything you deserve. Our team of highly experienced experts can help you collect the necessary medical documentation, ensure your forms are filed correctly, and even advocate for you in the event that your claim is denied and you choose to appeal. Don’t suffer in silence. Reach out to New York Disability today and get the benefits you need improve your quality of life.