Philadelphia Back Injury Lawyer for Your Disability Insurance Benefits
Seltzer & Associates has assisted many clients suffering from back pain with disability insurance claims. Many Americans experience back pain throughout their life. According to the National Institutes of Health, “about 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes” and it is a leading contributor to missed work days. While most low back pain is short term and only lasts a few days to a few weeks, about twenty percent of people who are affected by short term low back pain develop chronic low back pain within one year. Seltzer & Associates has nationwide experience helping medical professionals with their disability insurance claims and can help you too.
What Causes Low Back Pain?
Back pain is most often the result of mechanical injuries and conditions, such as sprains and strains, intervertebral disc degeneration, herniated or ruptured discs, radiculopathy, sciatica, spondylolisthesis, traumatic injury, spinal stenosis, or skeletal irregularities. Sometimes, low back pain can also result from infections, tumors, cauda quine syndrome, abdominal aortic aneurysms, kidney stones, inflammatory diseases of the joints, osteoporosis, endometriosis, or fibromyalgia. If you are suffering from back pain and have any of these conditions, contact a Philadelphia Back Injury Lawyer at Seltzer & Associates today to review your disability insurance claim.
Explaining Common Back Injuries
Understanding the source of your back injuries and pain can help your medical treatment team develop a comprehensive plan to treat your injury and address ongoing back pain. Traumatic injuries to the back can result from a variety of causes, including sporting accidents, vehicle collisions, slip and fall accidents, and other impact injuries. Ligaments and tendons can tear during these injuries and limit your mobility. An ongoing effect of a back injury can be back spasms, or muscle contractions. Spasms can be limited to a single muscle or a group of muscles. Spasms can create a lack of control in physical motion due to the muscle contractions disrupting movement, and oftentimes cause severe pain, preventing the ability to perform the essential duties of your medical specialty.
Be thorough in describing your back pain. Include details about your back injury, medical conditions affecting your back injury and pain, your physical limitations including difficulty performing types of motions such as bending and rotating, and the type and severity of pain you experience from your back injury. Your Philadelphia Back Injury Lawyer will assess all this information in presenting and supporting your claim for disability insurance benefits.
How is Lower Back Pain Diagnosed?
As back pain can result from so many different factors, analyzing whether or not your low back pain qualifies you for disability insurance benefits requires a thorough review of your medical records. Your treatment provider should perform a thorough back examination when you are in pain. Additionally, neurologic testing and imagining can be used to diagnose and treat your pain. Helpful tests include x-ray, computerized tomography (CT), myelograms, discography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electrodiagnostics, bone scans, ultrasound imaging, and blood tests. If your doctor has examined your back and/or you have undergone testing and imaging, contact Seltzer & Associates today to review your disability insurance claim with a Philadelphia Back Injury Lawyer.
How is low back pain treated?
Your treatment provider may recommend hot or cold packs, activity, strengthening exercises, physical therapy, spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization, traction, acupuncture, nerve block therapies, epidural steroid injections, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), medications, or surgery. While your pain itself may be disabling, the side effects and time necessary for treatment and recovery are also evaluated and presented in your disability insurance claim. Side effects of medication such as drowsiness, constipation, decreased reaction time, impaired judgment, stomach irritation, ulcers, heartburn, diarrhea, fluid retention, and in rare cases kidney dysfunction and cardiovascular disease can all contribute to your disability insurance claim.
Surgical procedures such as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, spinal laminectomy, discectomy or microdiscectomy, foraminotomy, intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET), nucleoplasty or plasma disc decompression (PDD), radiofrequency denervation, spinal fusion, and artificial disc replacement are often last resort options to relieve your back pain. However, when surgery is necessary, recovery can often take months and still lead to permanent loss of flexibility or a myriad of other possibly permanent conditions. If you must undergo surgery for your low back pain, this will further impact your disability insurance claim.
Limitations Due to Back Injuries Keep Doctors Out of Work
Recovering from a back injury and dealing with ongoing pain can keep physicians from bing able to work. Back injuries can result in physical limitations that impede the ability to practice your specialized area of medicine. Not being able to lift and maneuver patients limits a physician’s ability to examine and treat patients. Managing ongoing pain may involve taking serious medication that can impair the cognitive function necessary to assess and effectively treat patients.
Continuing Treatment for Back Injuries Can Impact Your Medical Career
Back pain is considered chronic when it lasts for at least 12 weeks, or 3 months. The chronic nature of pain necessitates ongoing treatment for resolving the back injury. If back pain progresses into a chronic condition, it can be devastating to a medical professional’s performance of their specialized area of practice. You do not have to suffer through this situation alone.
Patients can be in physical or occupational therapy for months, with numerous limitations on the activities the patient can perform. It can take months to recover from surgery and associated rehabilitation treating back injuries and pain. These long term limitations can keep medical professionals from being able to perform their essential work duties for months, even years, or quite possibly permanently.
In addition, certain medications used to treat back pain have side effects that prevent doctors from working in their medical field. Fatigue, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating can prevent doctors from consulting on medical matters, conducting medical research, fully evaluating patients, developing treatment plans and effectively rendering that treatment. If your own treatment protocol for your back pain prevents you from performing your essential duties as a medical professional, you need to contact a Philadelphia Back Injury Lawyer with nationwide experience to discuss your disability insurance benefits.
Contact a Philadelphia Back Injury Lawyer to Maximize Your Disability Insurance Claim
Suffering from back injuries and chronic back pain can disrupt a medical career. Do not hesitate to seek help in claiming your disability insurance benefits. If you suffer from disabling low back pain, contact Seltzer & Associates today for a free initial consultation with a top Philadelphia Back Injury Lawyer to review your disability insurance benefits claim.