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It hurts to stand for very long, and it’s getting harder to walk, even around your house.

Spinal stenosis—a narrowing of the spaces between the vertebrae that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve tissues—causes agonizing pain. And it will keep getting worse without treatment or surgery.

If spinal stenosis has forced you to stop working, naturally you’re worried about keeping a roof over your head and food on the table. Plus you’re facing expensive medicines and treatments.

A monthly Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits check can help you stay on top of your bills, continue receiving the medical care you need—and rest and take care of yourself.

You can get help applying for Social Security Disability benefits from an experienced disability attorney like Baynetta M. Jordon, P.C., Attorney at Law.

She helps people in Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, Plainview, Levelland, and all across West Texas. Baynetta has been helping her neighbors in West Texas get the benefits they need for 30 years.

As far as our disability law firm is concerned, Nobody Pushes West Texans Around™.

A woman suffering from spinal stenosis standing in pain.

How Spinal Stenosis Qualifies for Disability in Texas

Spinal stenosis is one of only three back conditions specifically recognized by Social Security (the other two are spinal nerve root compression and spinal arachnoiditis).

Having that official listing as an impairment that qualifies for disability benefits can be a great help to your disability claim.

Still, most people who apply for disability benefits are denied the first time.

An experienced disability attorney like Baynetta Jordan can help you get through this process.

Stenosis can occur at two different spots along the spine—in the neck, where it’s called cervical spinal stenosis or in the lower back, where it’s called lumbar spinal stenosis.

Lumbar stenosis is the kind named in Social Security’s listing of impairments (though any health condition, if severe enough, can qualify for benefits).

To qualify for disability with lumbar spinal stenosis, you must:

  • Have confirmation of lumbar spinal stenosis by CT scan or MRI
  • Have pain in your lower back, buttocks and thighs, along with weakness in your legs
  • Have a continual, non-radicular pain (meaning the pain must not radiate from your back into your legs)
  • Be unable to walk without the support of two crutches, a walker or someone’s assistance

To learn more about how your case of spinal stenosis could make a strong claim for disability benefits, you can have an initial conversation with a disability lawyer for free.

A person counting their pain medication.

When You’re Applying for Disability Benefits with Spinal Stenosis, Don’t Take a Chance on Your Future

Your disability claim for spinal stenosis needs to include solid documentation and evidence, such as:

  • A list of medications you take
  • Description of treatment you’ve undergone
  • A Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form, filled out by your physician

The RFC is an evaluation of what you’re still capable of doing despite your disability.

The Social Security system is a vast bureaucracy of complex rules, regulations, and procedures. For most people outside the system, it’s a whole new world.

There are so many details, and missing even one could cost you valuable time or, worse, doom your application.

Don’t leave your future to chance when it comes to getting the benefits you need. Don’t let a lapsed deadline, a paperwork error or simply not knowing the best way to navigate the system cost you your future financial stability.

You don’t have to go it alone.

Baynetta Jordan and her disability legal team know the system, work with it every day, and can help you avoid pitfalls and mistakes.

So after spinal stenosis forces you off work, you can move forward with your life.