Back Injury and Social Security DisabilityBack Injury and Social Security Disability Benefits

The many components of the back, including the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and disks, can become damaged by jarring movements, bad posture, and other events that cause misalignment. Injuries can occur in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar vertebrae, and the sacrum or coccyx. Spinal cord injuries, the most serious type of back injury, often cause permanent paralysis.

Why Back Injuries are Debilitating

Back injuries can cause a wide range of medical problems, depending on the area of the spine that is affected. A back injury can significantly limit movement and make even daily activities difficult or painful. Here are some of the effects of back injuries:

  • Intense/chronic back pain
  • Pain in the legs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness or tingling in the back or extremities
  • Bowel problems
  • Limited range of motion
  • Paralysis
  • Bladder problems
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Weight loss

Causes of Back Injuries
Back injuries often result from physical trauma, including auto accidents, falls, improper lifting, and sports injuries. The components of the back can suffer damage or displacement from strains, twisting, awkward movements, genetic predisposition to injury, spinal infection, muscle spasms, or extended periods of sitting. The aging process can make the spine more susceptible to injury. In rare cases, cancer of the spine may be to blame for injury. Back injuries may also be caused by structural issues, such as ruptured disks, arthritis, skeletal irregularity, scoliosis, or osteoporosis.

Back Injury Treatments

Treatment for back injury will be applied based on the symptoms and underlying condition. There are a variety of back injury treatments that may offer patients relief. Medications are often used to control pain, including muscle relaxants, antidepressants, narcotics, and cortisone injections. Physical therapy is a key component of back-injury treatment. Temporary symptom relief may be achieved through pain-management techniques such as heat/ice application, TENS (electrical stimulation), and muscle relaxation exercises. There are also stretches and strategic movements designed to promote flexibility and improve range of motion. A physical therapist can also help patients correct bad postural habits. In some cases, surgery to repair or replace herniated discs can help patients overcome a back injury. For more information about how to treat back pain, please visit WebMD’s Back Pain Health Center.

If you are dealing with a disabling back injury, you need a skilled Social Security disability lawyer to help you fight for disability benefits. To learn more about your rights, please contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today for a free Social Security disability case review. Our Social Security disability lawyers want to help you.


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