What Is Cervicalgia And Can I Qualify For Disability Benefits?

Cervicalgia is significant discomfort or pain in the neck, specifically in the sides and/or back of the neck. It is pain that occurs in the cervical spine, extending from the first spinal vertebra through the seventh spinal vertebra. The first bone of the spine is located near ear level and the seventh is found at the base of the neck. If you have the proper medical documentation, it is possible to qualify for disability benefits with Cervicalgia. 

How Does Cervicalgia Affect Your Ability To Work?

If you suffer from cervicalgia, your ability to work may be hindered. Cervicalgia’s symptoms can be intense and could cause a constant aching of the neck. Sharp pains in the neck can be brought on by movement, such as twisting, turning or tension. Your neck muscles could be tender to the touch, you may experience severe stiffness in your back and neck, and you may have unbearable headaches.

This can affect your ability to keep a proper lookout, drive a vehicle or operate machinery. You may not be able to read or focus for long periods, you may not be able to bend down or look down or look up or reach because of the severity of the pain. You may not be able to perform clerical work, bookkeeping or office duties, assembly or construction work, and various other jobs because of the severity of the pain and the movement limitations.

Qualifying With Cervicalgia Symptoms

Many claims for disability benefits because of neck pain and problems are caused by degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, inflammatory disorders, and other conditions that lead to various other problems, such as cervicalgia and other related conditions. To medically qualify for disability benefits with cervicalgia, you will need to provide medical documentation that shows you meet the criteria of listing in the Blue Book, which is the SSA medical guide.

To meet the criteria of the Blue Book listing for neck problems, you must be able to provide documentation that show the spinal cord or nerve root are affected and that you have one of the following –

  • Spinal arachnoiditis, which is a painful disorder caused by inflammation in the spine and requires you to change your position more than one time every two hours OR
  • Spinal nerve root compression pain, limited spinal movement, and muscle weakness with loss of feeling or reflexes in those muscles


If you cannot meet the specific criteria of a listing, you can qualify using a residual functional capacity (RFC) form completed by a physician. The RFC is very detailed and paints a clear picture of what you can and cannot do. It will detail if you must reposition every hour, if you are unable to bend and lift, if your pain makes it impossible for you to look down and perform clerical duties.



How Your Case Is Reviewed By An Attorney

An attorney can help you through the claims process. A disability attorney can work with your doctors and review your documentation against the Blue Book listing to determine if you qualify. An attorney can help prepare your claim, so you can get a favorable response and be awarded benefits.

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