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Is Scoliosis a Disability?

Scoliosis refers to a medical condition with an abnormal curvature of the spine. The severity of symptoms associated with scoliosis can vary widely, ranging from mild to severe. Whether or not scoliosis is a disability depends on the severity of the condition and how it affects a person. 

However, not all cases of scoliosis are severe enough to be considered a disability. Many people with scoliosis can manage their symptoms with physical therapy, braces, or other treatments and can lead normal, active lives without any significant limitations.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a medical condition that affects the spine, causing it to curve sideways. Instead of the spine being straight, it may form an “S” or “C” shape. Scoliosis can occur in any part of the spine but is commonly seen in the thoracic or upper and lumbar or lower regions.

The causes of scoliosis are not well known. Nevertheless, it may be the result of a variety of factors, including congenital abnormalities, neuromuscular conditions, or idiopathic causes, which means that there is no known cause.

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What are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?

Scoliosis can affect people of all ages, but it commonly appears in children, particularly among girls. It is often detected during routine school screenings or through a physical exam. Some common symptoms that can occur in scoliosis are:

  • Visible spinal curvature: One of the most common symptoms of scoliosis is an abnormal spine curvature, which can be seen when the person is standing upright.
  • Uneven shoulders or waist: As the spine curves, it can cause one shoulder or hip to be higher than the other, resulting in an uneven appearance.
  • Back pain: Scoliosis can cause discomfort or pain in the back, particularly in the area of the curve.
  • Breathing problems: In severe cases, scoliosis can compress the lungs, making breathing difficult or causing shortness of breath.
  • Digestive issues: Scoliosis can also cause compression of the digestive organs, leading to constipation or indigestion.
  • Mobility issues: Severe scoliosis can limit the range of motion in the spine, making it difficult to move or perform certain activities.

Scoliosis can also lead to other debilitating side effects or related conditions, including asthma, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression

Can You Get Disability Benefits for Scoliosis?

Yes, people with scoliosis may be eligible for scoliosis disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA, which administers social security disability benefits, will assess an individual’s medical condition and how it affects their ability to work.

While it is important to review and closely read guidelines and eligibility requirements for federal disability programs, here are a few general requirements: 

  • To qualify for disability benefits, a person must have a severe case of scoliosis that meets the SSA’s definition of disability.
  • Your condition must significantly limit your ability to perform work-related activities for at least 12 months. 
  • The severity of scoliosis may be evaluated based on factors such as the degree of spinal curvature, the impact on lung function, and the individual’s level of pain and mobility limitations.
  • The SSA will evaluate your medical condition under the musculoskeletal listing 1.15 for adults
  • If a child is applying for disability benefits for scoliosis, they also need to meet the eligibility criteria outlined in listing 101.15 for children.

How to Apply for Scoliosis Disability Benefits

To apply for disability benefits for scoliosis, here are a few general steps you may want to take.

  • Determine your eligibility: The SSA has strict eligibility requirements for disability benefits. You can review the SSA’s Blue Book, which lists the medical conditions that qualify for disability benefits, to see if your case of scoliosis meets its criteria.
  • Gather documentation: To support your disability application, you must provide medical records that document your scoliosis diagnosis, treatment history, and any related complications or symptoms. You may also need to provide employment records to show your work history and how your condition has affected your ability to work.
  • Apply for benefits: You can apply for disability benefits through the SSA website, by phone at 1-800-772-1213, or in person at a local Social Security office. 

Need Legal Help? Contact our Disability Law Firm

If your application was denied, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days. You can request reconsideration or a hearing with an administrative law judge. Disability Lawyers in Philadelphia understand the ins and outs of the Social Security system and can help identify potential issues with your claims,  represent your interests, and more. 

If you need legal help with a Social Security disability application, contact Chermol & Fishman, LLC Today. Schedule a free consultation by calling 215-464-7200 or by filling out our contact form online.

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