When applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, it is important to have all of your details prepared, coherent and correct. Any miscommunication in an appeal may lead to longer waiting times for the appropriate care.
Spinal cord injuries are an instance where it is vital to understand the differences in SSDI categorization.
The skeletal spine
As the Social Security Administration describes, it differentiates spinal dysfunctions from a variety of angles including the skeletal and neurological spine. The skeletal spine refers to musculoskeletal disorders including deformities in the bones, major joints and muscles.
The neurological spine
Neurological dysfunction as a result of spinal damage may include tingling, numbness and paralysis. SSDI handles this under the Neurological category of qualifying disorders.
Other spinal disorders
Some people experience breathing difficulties, myocardial impairments or even social withdrawal and depression due to spinal injury or abnormality. SSDI categorizes these under Respiratory, Cardiovascular and Mental Disorders respectively.
Cancer in the spine falls under the Cancer category.
Documenting your disorder for proper categorization
When seeking support for your spinal disorder, it is important to gather medical evidence. This may include physical examinations, doctor’s testimony and other documentation like imaging techniques over a certain period of months or years.
Some of these reports measure muscle strength or range of motion. The SSA may require reports and evaluations on how your body responds to certain treatments.
All of this requires paperwork and organization that may seem daunting when dealing with chronic pain from a spinal injury or disorder. It is important to lean on your resources to properly organize and file an SSDI application.