What Is Neurogenic Claudication And Can I Qualify Disability?

Neurogenic claudication is the most common symptom suffered with lumbar spinal stenosis. It is intermittent leg pain from impingement of the nerves that originate with the spinal cord. Neurogenic claudication means the problem originates within the nervous system and causes weakness or painful cramping within the legs. If you are able to present the proper medical documentation, you are able to qualify for disability benefits. 

How Does Neurogenic Claudication Affect Your Ability To Work?

Neurogenic claudication leads to cramping and pain in the legs as well as weakness. It is part of a diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis, which can cause pain in the buttocks or lower back, lead to abnormal sensations, or cause the absence of sensation in the feet, thighs, legs, or buttocks. It can also lead to loss of bladder and bowel control.

If you suffer from neurogenic claudication and lumbar spinal stenosis it can affect your ability to work and earn a living. You may not be able to work a job that requires frequent bending or lifting, standing long periods, sit for long timeframes, or walking considerable distances. You may not be able to work in a factory or manufacturing setting, work in a warehouse, drive a truck, be a mechanic or a repairperson, work as a delivery person or perform a variety of other jobs.

Qualifying With The Symptoms Of Neurogenic Claudication

Stenosis is considered a disabling condition. The Blue Book, which is the medical guide used by the SSA, has a listing for lumbar spinal stenosis. To meet the listing requirements, you must be able to prove the following –

  • Have pain in your buttocks, thighs, and lower back while having weakness in the lower extremities
  • Have a positive CT scan or MRI confirming the diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Have continual non-radicular nerve pain AND
  • Not be able to walk without two crutches, a walker, or someone’s assistance to get around

When you apply for disability benefits, you should provide results from a CT scan or an MRI. You will need to provide physician notes from a detailed examination, and results from testing your muscle strength and range of motion.

Using A RFC

If you cannot meet the specific details of a listing, you may still be able to qualify for disability benefits with neurogenic claudication using a residual functional capacity (RFC) form. The RFC is a form completed by a treating physician that details what you can and cannot do. It will indicate if you must have a medical device to walk, if you must reposition hourly, if you are unable to stand more than an hour, if you cannot bend, squat, or lift, and so forth. When the disability examiner reviews the specifics of the RFC, they will be able to determine what kind of work – if there is any work – that you can do.


Have Your Case Reviewed By An Attorney

An attorney can help work with your doctors to prove the severity of your condition. A disability lawyer can review the Blue Book and compare your medical records, prepare your case, and then help you receive a favorable response to your disability claim.

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