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.

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 quina 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 Seltzer & Associates today to review your disability insurance claim.

How is low 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 benefits requires a thorough review of your medical records. Your treatment provider should perform a through back examination when you are in pain. Additionally, neurologic testing and imagining can be used to diagnosis 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.

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 also contribute to your disability insurance claim. Side effects to 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), nucleplasty 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 take months and still lead to permanent loss of flexibility. If you must undergo surgery for your low back pain, this will further contribute to your disability insurance claim.

If you suffer from disabling low back pain, contact Seltzer & Associates today for a free initial consultation to review your disability insurance claim.