Belleville, IL (PRWEB) May 08, 2013
A recent study finds that chronic lower back pain may be alleviated by osteopathic manipulation, a treatment that includes moving muscles and joints with gentle pressure, stretching and resistance. Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, recommends documenting these types of medical treatments when seeking SSDI benefits for severe back pain or spinal conditions.
The study, published in the March/April edition of the Annals of Family Medicine, was funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation. More than 60 percent of the participants who underwent eight weeks of osteopathic manipulation reported moderate improvement in their symptoms. Half of those respondents said their pain improved substantially.
Lower back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. For individuals who have back pain so severe they are no longer able to work, applying for SSDI is an important option, said Ed Swierczek, a senior claimant representative for Allsup.
“Chronic lower back pain is a common symptom for many disabilities of the back and spine, including spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease,” Swierczek said. “Pain due to these types of conditions is not easily measured, so it’s important to discuss and document how the pain impacts your daily activities with your physician, as well as any treatments you undergo to alleviate the pain.”
Securing the treating physician’s opinions on how the pain impacts the ability to work also is key, Swierczek added. “SSDI is a med
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