Did you know that low back pain is the leading cause of job related disabilities and among the most common reasons why employees miss work? If you’ve experienced back pain, join the club, as studies show that approximately 80 percent of Americans have had low back pain at some point in their lives, and over 25 percent say that they have had back pain over the last three months. Newark residents may find the following information on back pain and injury useful.
Back pain can come on quickly and without warning, and may be caused by a number of reasons, from heavy lifting to changes in the spine over time to illnesses such as infections, tumors or osteoporosis. The pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp excruciating pain that leaves a person totally incapacitated.
Thankfully, most low back pain is acute, meaning that the pain only lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Low back pain that lasts longer, between four and 12 weeks, is called subacute. Chronic back pain is defined as pain that lasts beyond 12 weeks. Approximately 20 percent of suffers of acute back pain eventually suffer chronic back pain, often lasting a year or more.
Back injuries are among the disabling conditions that may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If you suffer from a back injury or have chronic back pain and can prove that the disabling condition is expected to last or has lasted more than a year and is preventing you from working, you may wish to consider applying for Social Security disability insurance.
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet,” Accessed Oct. 20, 2015