Our North Carolina Social Security
Disability Attorney Discusses Back
Many people who apply for North Carolina Social Security disability do so on the basis of back injuries, with a large number of them making claims based on chronic lower back pain. One of the main problems with proving a claim for Social Security based on low back pain is that, while the injury may cause spasms and pain leading to problems with sitting, standing and walking, it may be hard to get the medical evidence to support the severity of the condition.
Back Pain Doesn’t Correspond to Medical Imaging Tests
When you work with your North Carolina Social Security attorney, they will try to get both your medical imaging test results along with a statement from your doctor about why your disabling condition is supported, even if your pain does not match up to the results. Physicians who treat back pain understand that medical imaging tests and x-rays do not correlate well to patients’ painful symptoms. In some cases, a person whose results show major deterioration in their backs have no or very little pain, while a person with more mild degeneration will experience severe pain symptoms.
How Low Back Pain Claims Are Treated by the Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration recognizes this issue, and even has the poor correlation between back pain symptoms and testing results in the agency’s musculoskeletal listings. Still, administrative law judges will often deny these claims, asserting that the severity of symptoms is not supported by the x-ray and other imaging results. Some Administrative law judges will also deny claims based on the idea that the person’s lumbar range of motion is not limited. A person’s lumbar range of motion has little impact on their residual functional capacity, or the ability to do work, however.
How Your Attorney Will Handle Your Case
Because of these issues, your North Carolina Social Security attorney will prepare your case in a way to address them. They are likely to ask your doctor to explain at the hearing exactly why your claim is supported even if your symptoms do not match up with the results.