Ohio Spine Disorders Attorneys

Do you suffer from a spine disorder?

Spine disorders can be especially problematic in a work environment. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke some conditions that may cause back pain and require treatment are as follows:

• Bulging Disc

• Sciatica

• Spinal degeneration

• Spinal stenosis

• Osteoporosis

• Skeletal irregularities

• Fibromyalgia

• Spondylitis

What is considered a spine disorder?

Social Security includes disorders of the spine in its Listing of Impairments.

“Disorders of the spine (e.g., herniated nucleus pulposus, spinal arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, vertebral fracture), resulting in compromise of a nerve root (including the cauda equina) or the spinal cord.

With:

A. Evidence of nerve root compression characterized by neuro-anatomic distribution of pain, limitation of motion of the spine, motor loss (atrophy with associated muscle weakness or muscle weakness) accompanied by sensory or reflex loss and, if there is involvement of the lower back, positive straight-leg raising test (sitting and supine);

OR

B. Spinal arachnoiditis, confirmed by an operative note or pathology report of tissue biopsy, or by appropriate medically acceptable imaging, manifested by severe burning or painful dysesthesia, resulting in the need for changes in position or posture more than once every 2 hours;

OR

C. Lumbar spinal stenosis resulting in pseudoclaudication, established by findings on appropriate medically acceptable imaging, manifested by chronic nonradicular pain and weakness, and resulting in inability to ambulate effectively…”

Social Security’s 20 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 404, Subpart P, Appedix 1, Part A, Section 1.04 Disorders of the Spine states:

There must be evidence that these conditions exist. Social Security will use the medical evidence provided to make a determination regarding a claimant’s impairments. Typically Social Security will only give weight to diagnoses and functional assessments from “acceptable medical sources”. Social Security Ruling 06-03p defines “acceptable medical sources” as:

• Licensed physicians (medical or osteopathic doctors

• Licensed or certified psychologists

• Licensed optometrists

• Licensed podiatrists Qualified speech-language pathologists

Anyone that is not on the list is given less weight regarding their findings. SSR 06-03p describes typical non-accepted medical sources that a claimant encounters in his or her treatment:

• Nurse practitioners

• Physician assistants

• Licensed clinical social workers

• Naturopaths

• Chiropractors

• Audiologists

• Therapists

If you have questions regarding a spine disorder issues you are currently having and are uncertain about the treatment that you are receiving, please contact the attorneys at Kasunic & Weeks for a free consultation.

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