Understanding Back & Spine Conditions: A Guide to Social Security Disability Benefits

Back and spine conditions can be debilitating, often preventing individuals from leading a normal life and performing regular work. Conditions such as spinal stenosis, a condition where the spinal column narrows and compresses the spinal cord, herniated disc, which occurs when the disc’s soft inner material leaks out through a tear in the outer layer of the disc, bulging disc, where the soft cushioning that usually sits between your vertebrae spills over, spondylosis, a general term for age-related wear and tear affecting the spinal disks in your neck, spondylolisthesis, a spinal disorder in which one vertebra (spinal bone) slips onto the vertebra below it, and ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease that, over time, can cause some of the bones in the spine to fuse can cause severe pain and limit mobility. In some cases, back surgeries like spinal fusion, a surgical procedure used to correct problems with the small bones in the spine (vertebrae), laminectomy, a surgical procedure that creates space by removing a portion of the lamina, which is the back part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal, and discectomy, a surgical procedure that removes the damaged portion of a disc in the spine may be necessary.

If you’re suffering from a back or spine condition that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, navigating the SSD process can be complex and challenging. This is where an experienced attorney can make a significant difference.

Eligibility for SSD Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has specific criteria to determine eligibility for disability benefits. For back and spine conditions, the SSA considers the severity of your condition, your residual functional capacity (the most you can do despite your limitations), your age, education, and work experience.

How an Attorney Can Help

An attorney who specializes in SSD law can guide you through the process, helping you understand the requirements and gather necessary medical evidence. They can assist in completing the application accurately, represent you in hearings, and appeal unfavorable decisions.

Why Hire an Attorney?

While it’s possible to apply for SSD benefits on your own, having an attorney can increase your chances of approval. They understand the complexities of SSD law and can ensure your application meets all SSA requirements. An attorney can also help present your case in the most favorable light, emphasizing how your condition meets the SSA’s definition of disability.


Living with a back or spine condition can be challenging. But remember, you don’t have to navigate the SSD benefits process alone. An experienced attorney can provide valuable guidance and support, helping you secure the benefits you need and deserve.

If you’re considering applying for SSD benefits due to a back or spine condition, don’t hesitate to reach out for legal assistance. It could make all the difference in your application’s success.

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. For personalized guidance, please consult us at 504-588-9123.

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