Degenerative Disc Disease/Spinal Pain

Degenerative disc disease refers to a condition where damaged discs in the spine cause pain. Symptoms include pain in the lower back, radiating pain, tingling, and weakness. Pain caused by degenerative disc disease may increase with activity.

Meeting Eligibility Requirements

In evaluating your degenerative disc disease, Social Security will consider the following:

  • Nerve root compression
  • Limitation of motion, motor loss, sensory or reflex loss
  • Weakness or severe burning
  • Positive straight-leg raising test
  • Medical testing or imaging

Social Security looks at how degenerative disc disease affects your maximum physical ability to perform work-related activities on a continuing basis. Social Security is required to consider the nature and extent of your degenerative disc disease, and how this condition restricts your ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, and pull, as well as your ability to perform postural or manipulative activities (i.e. bending, twisting, stooping, reaching, fingering, or feeling). Social Security will also assess any further limitations that your degenerative disc disease might cause, such as a need for environmental restrictions, unscheduled breaks, or excessive absences due to symptoms or treatments.

If degenerative disc disease interferes with your ability to manage daily activities or maintain employment, Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP can help. Our attorneys help individuals suffering from degenerative disc disease fight for disability benefits. If you are disabled because of your degenerative disc disease, or if you need help determining if you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits because of degenerative disc disease, contact Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon.

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