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Back pain: something many Americans just have to live with

Back pain is among the leading causes of disability in America, and one of the most common ways to treat the condition is by the use of prescription painkillers. This is all well and good as far as it goes. Trouble is, it might not go that far. According to a recent document by the American Academy of Neurology, opioid painkillers are not ultimately that effective in improving the day-to-day functioning of those with back pain.

This is a finding that many people who take these drugs could have told you. Perhaps the pain improves a bit with the use of pain killers, but in terms of real health improvements, they just don’t cut it. Not only that, but they present the risk of addiction and overdose, which are very real concerns.

According to experts, it very well may be that there is no magic bullet for back pain and that the best we can do—at least right now—is to manage patients expectations about what treatment can offer. Those who suffer from back pain may simply not be able to get well enough to be fully functional and pain-free. In such cases, of course, work productivity can suffer and it may be necessary to turn to long-term disability insurance and Social Security disability benefits for support.

One is able to obtain SSDI based on back pain if the condition is severe enough and has enough of an impact on one’s ability to engage in substantial gainful activity. Often what happens, though, is that applicants qualify not only on the strength of a back condition, but other conditions as well.

Those who feel they have serious enough back pain, or back pain plus a combination of other conditions, should contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney for assistance in putting together a thorough application.

Source: TIME, “For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm than Good,” Alice Park, September 29, 2014.Â

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