A Macomb County Social Security disability attorney consults most often with Social Security claimants regarding back injuries. If your back was injured and you are planning to file a claim for benefits, read on for some helpful information.
Back Injuries and Associated Difficulties
- The most frequently reported problem by Social Security claimants is back pain.
- Low back pain is the most common injury.
- Yet, just because the plaintiffs have back injury symptoms does not mean that medical proof is consistent with complaints.
Medical Evidence May Be Misleading
- Many applicants for Social Security disability benefits have a multitude of symptoms, including shooting pain, persistent spasms, and trouble standing, sitting, lifting, and bending.
- However, there is frequently a weak association between the results of medical imaging and the complainant’s symptoms.
- Some disability applicants show bone damage and/or degenerating joints when X-rayed, yet they do not have any indications of back injury (or show very mild symptoms).
- On the other hand, some people claim they suffer from severe pain but their medical imaging results do not corroborate the story.
- Overall, the Social Security Administration and your Macomb County Social Security disability attorney both understand that symptoms and X-ray results do not always match.
The Consequences of This Mismatch
- Administrative law judges are responsible for determining disability benefits.
- Many administrative law judges still often reject disability benefits because medical imaging results are not consistent with complaints of pain and other symptoms.
Range of Motion
- Some disability applicants complain of restricted range of motion.
- But most administrative law judges still do not grant disability benefits to those who complain of low back (also known as lumbar) range of motion limitation.
- There is research to show that lumbar range of motion is affected by a variety of factors, such as time of day, age, and gender.
The Role of Physicians
If a physician reports that a claimant has limited residual functional capacity, then he or she should provide the reasons for the diagnosis to the claimant’s attorney.
If you have a back injury and are applying to receive Social Security disability benefits, you should not expect it to be an easy battle. Get the help you need by contacting a veteran Macomb County Social Security disability attorney. Call J.B. Bieske and Jennifer Alfonsi, Attorneys at Law, at (800) 331-3530.