New Study Shows Advances in Spinal Treatment

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Allsup comments on new study; explains medical evidence is critical when seeking Social Security Disability Insurance for spinal conditions, which must be long term and severe enough to prevent work

Chronic back pain can be a symptom of severe disability caused by degenerative disc disease and other spinal conditions that qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. -- Ed Swierczek of Allsup

The worldwide medical community is taking note of a recent study showing that certain types of chronic back pain may be cured by antibiotics, highlighting important advancements in medical treatment, according to Allsup, which has helped tens of thousands of people to receive their Social Security Disability Insurance(SSDI) benefits.

The study, published in the April 2013 edition of the European Spine Journal, found significant evidence linking chronic back pain to bacterial infection. Danish researchers concluded that antibiotics could successfully reduce chronic back pain for a certain group of people with herniated discs complicated by bacterial infection. However, not all back pain conditions would benefit from this course of treatment, according to medical sources.

“Chronic back pain can be a symptom of severe disability caused by degenerative disc disease and other spinal conditions that qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits,” according to Ed Swierczek, senior claimant representative for Allsup. “This study is good news for those who fit in this category of chronic back pain, but it also highlights the fact that there are a number of causes for chronic back pain.

“Multiple conditions could lead to a severe, long-term spinal impairment, including a bulging disc, a ruptured disc, sciatica, spinal degeneration or osteoporosis, for example,” Swierczek explained.

“When acute back pain develops into chronic back pain over a lengthy period that prevents work, Social Security disability benefits may become a consideration,” he said. “Depending upon the impairment, the SSA has multiple listings that can be considered when back pain is present.”

SSDI is a federally mandated insurance program that operates separately from the retirement and Supplemental Security Income programs. It is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and funded by FICA payroll taxes paid by workers and their employers. SSDI provides monthly income to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and who can no longer work because of a severe disability expected to last for more than 12 months or is terminal.

In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, a spinal condition must be severe enough to prevent work and must be expected to last 12 months or longer. “Medical evidence and documentation of a severe, long-term condition is critical for people applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits,” Swierczek said.

According to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, low back pain is the most common cause of work-related disability in the U.S.

The recent report, “Allsup Study of Workplace Injuries,” highlights the rate of workplace injuries across states and industries in the U.S., and the relevance to the Social Security Disability Insurance program. Injuries are the sixth-leading cause of SSDI claims, according to SSA data. Visit WorkInjury.Allsup.com to see Allsup’s report on injuries in the workplace.

For more information or a free evaluation for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, call (800) 678-3276.

ABOUT ALLSUP
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.

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