Muscles that are properly working will relax and contract as signals are sent from the brain to the nerves through electrical signals. If the muscle is extending or contracting involuntarily and unnecessarily, depending on the type of muscle and where it is located, it can be painful. Muscle spasms can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the body which forces the nerve signals to move incorrectly through the nervous system or the individual may have a disorder in the brain or the nerves themselves.
Some muscle spasms may be remedied by change in diet or physical therapy. For example, sports injuries which are caused when a muscle is torn or stretched may lead to inflammation and radiating pain throughout the lower legs. Although the claimant may be incapacitated for a time, the spasms should subside within two to three weeks with proper rest. If you are suffering from muscle spasms it is important to find out the underlying cause.
Can I get SSDI or SSI Muscle Spasms?
To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income for any condition you must prove that your condition is so severe that you cannot work for at least 12 continuous months. SSDI and SSI do not offer any type of short-term or partial disability benefits so if your condition will heal within a few weeks or months you would automatically be denied SSI or SSDI.
Muscle spasms, by themselves, are generally not severe enough to be considered permanently disabling. The SSA would generally determine that your condition could be resolved with proper treatment. If you have had a severe injury, although you cannot work now, you will have a tough time proving that your condition is so severe that you will not be able to work for 12 continuous months.
Conditions that could cause muscle spasms that may qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits?
Although muscle spasms alone may not be disabling; muscle spasms due to a severe neurological impairment may be considered disabling by the SSA. Neurological disorders are evaluated under the SSA Listing 11.00 in the SSA Listing of Impairments (a list of all the symptoms and conditions the SSA finds automatically disabling). If your condition is found in the listing and your symptoms are as severe as those listed, you will be considered automatically disabled, assuming you meet the nonmedical criteria of the SSDI and SSI program.
Common conditions which are found under this listing include epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, spinal cord or nerve root lesions, multiple sclerosis, cerebral trauma, and other neurological disorders.
Do I need to hire a lawyer? - If you have great medical records that clearly state that you cannot work and your condition meets or exceeds a listing in the SSA Listing of Impairments you should not need legal help to win SSDI or SSI benefits. If, however, your condition is not in the SSA Listing of Impairments you may need legal help to review your medical records and determine if you have enough medical documentation to prove you do not have the residual capacity to work.
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