The spinal cord controls a person’s sensations and motor skills. Damage to it has serious ramifications. This damage may be from an accident or genetic disorder. People might experience physical or neurological effects in their daily life. It may even leave people unable to work. Social Security Disability may help with financial support if it is serious enough.
Spinal issues fall into several categories when applying for SSD. Knowing the categories may help navigate an appeal.
Damage and disorders
Disabled World says damage to the spinal cord impacts a person’s motor function. This impact is different depending on the injury’s location. Damage to the lumbar section of the spine may cause paraplegia. Injuries to the cervical spine may lead to even worse paralysis across the whole body.
Deformities in the spine like scoliosis may cause painful curvature. It may not affect a person’s nerves. It may still affect daily life.
The Social Security Administration says that spinal issues may be musculoskeletal. Injuries to the skeletal spine involve the bones and joints. They do not necessarily mean nerves or motor function. Paraplegia and tetraplegia fall under the neurological spine category. Other categories for spinal injuries include:
- Respiratory disorders
- Cardiovascular system impairment
- Mental disorders
Coverage and support
This may sound complicated. Seeking out support is sometimes hard if someone does not know where to start. It is important that people learn more about their unique case. More information and proper documentation help. With the right information, applying for SSD may go easier.