BACK, NECK INJURY
If you have sustained a back injury or have chronic pain that prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security Disability. Generally this means a loss of function due to bone or joint deformity, fractures, soft tissue injuries, amputation and burns requiring prolonged periods of immobility of convalescence.
Loss of function is defined as the inability to ambulate effectively on a sustained basis with or without the assistance of a cane, walker or wheelchair. You must be able to walk a sufficient distance, travel without companion assistance to and from a place of employment of school.
Pain or other symptoms may be important factors in contributing to functional loss. This is based on medical evidence that evaluates the intensity and persistence of such pain.The medical evidence should include range of motion, laboratory findings, muscle weakness, reflex changes or circulatory deficits.
The major joints that are taken into consideration to meet or equal this listing are the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, ankle and foot. You do not have to have had surgery on these any of these body parts in order to qualify under this listing. Obesity can also have an effect on this impairment. Although obesity is not in itself a listing, it is evaluated in determining an individual’s residual functional capacity.