Cervical Radiculopathy and Social Security Disability
Can I recieve social security for cervical radiculopathy if I am not currently seeing a doctor because I don't have any insurance?
Cervical radiculopathy is a dysfunction of nerve roots in the cervical spine. The C7 and C6 are the cervical nerve roots which are most commonly affected. Cervical radiculopathy can be caused by a herniated disc in the neck or a pinched nerve.
Claimants with this condition can have symptoms which can include headaches, weakness in their arms, and neck pain. Treatment options vary, and the most severe cases may require surgery.
Do claimants with cervical radiculopathy qualify for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance? Assuming they meet the non-medical requirements for each program, to qualify for SSI or SSDI they must prove that their condition is so severe that they are unable to perform substantial gainful activity for 12 continuous months.
How does a claimant prove they have little residual functional capacity to work? Their medical records must clearly identify activities that they can no longer perform, for example:
• Can the claimant work an 8 hour day?
• How often do they have to get up and walk around?
• How severe is their pain?
• How does their medication interfere with their work?
• Can they sit 6-8 hours per day?
• How far can the claimant turn their neck to the left and to the right?
• Can the claimant use their fingers?
• How much weight can the claimant carry?
• Can the claimant reach or extend their arms over their head?
• How long can the claimant sit, stand or walk?
If the claimant has severe limitations completing the common physical actions listed above, they may prove their condition is too limiting to work their current job, any past relevant work or retrain for new work. One of the most effective ways to prove functional work limitations is to ask your medical doctor to complete a RFC or Residual Functional Capacity Form.
Unfortunately, if you do not have recent medical documentation which clearly identifies your diagnosis and why you are unable to work, it is difficult to prove you are disabled. If the SSA lacks sufficient evidence to evaluate your disability claim they will send you to a Consultative Examiner for an exam, but claimants seldom win disability benefits from the examination alone, without additional evidence from a treating doctor.
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Last edited by SSD Helper; 08-12-2011 at 04:26 PM.