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Torticollis and Social Security Disability Benefits

Torticollis is a disorder that exhibit flexion, extension, or twisting of muscles of the neck beyond their normal position. Whether your condition developed from trauma, genetically or was an adverse reaction to medications, the disorder can be very uncomfortable and the muscles in your neck can be very tender to the touch. Additional symptoms can include deviation of the eyes and protrusion of the tongue.

Treatment for torticollis will involve attempting to relax the mucles of the neck either with physical devices, medications or surgery. Although a few people may develop consistent neck problems that could last months or years, most individuals with torticollis will have the issues resolve themselves in days or weeks. If your condition does not subside, you may need to consult with a neurologist or surgeon.

Can you win SSI or SSDI for torticollis? Potentially, but the truth of the matter is that the SSA is not too good at dealing with conditions that may cause chronic pain, and historically the SSA has not sufficiently acknowledged the limitations that claimants may face as a result of their pain.

What you must prove more than the pain is that your condition severely restricts your ability to work. It may be helpful to review your medical records and see if they clearly outline why your condition keeps you from working. For instance, does your condition keep you from sitting, walking or standing? Does your condition keep you from reaching, pulling or pushing? How much weight can you lift? How far can you turn your head?

Keep in mind, you are not responsible for requesting your own medical records but it is a mistake not to understand what is written in your records. Many claimants assume their records clearly outline their diagnosis and their inability to work, but often claimants hire Social Security Disability lawyers to review their medical records, and if necessary, request additional information from their doctors or have their doctors complete a RFC or residual capacity form to gather more information about their physical or mental health condition.

It is also important to include every condition on your Social Security Disability application that can interfere with your work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to assess all of your conditions together and determine if you have enough residual capacity to work.

Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you would like a Social Security Disability attorney to review your claim you can fill out the FREE evaluation form and a Social Security Disability advocate will call you to review your disability claim or you can call our office at 1-800-641-3759 to talk to someone now.