Social Security Benefits For RSD/CRPS And Pain Disorders
Approximately 6 million Americans suffer from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)/complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Anything from a minor injury to a major trauma or injury to a nerve can set in motion the onset of RSD/CRPS.
If you are dealing with RSD/CRPS and need assistance with Social Security Disability (SSD) issues, enlist an experienced New Jersey attorney at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur. We have more than 30 years of experience handling SSD cases for clients suffering from RSD/CRPS, other pain disorders and medical conditions.
What Is RSD/CRPS?
RSD/CRPS is a chronic generalized pain syndrome with abnormal sympathetic nerve activity causing pain beyond what is normal for the injury incurred. A minor injury such as a sprain or small cut (even a paper cut) can trigger nerves to overreact and cause frequent, constant pain or burning sensation.
RSD or CRPS can also be caused by surgical procedures, drug exposure or stroke. RSD/CRPS can even cause unusual hair and/or nail growth or loss and can cause temperature changes in a limb.
There are treatments for RSD/CRPS ranging from sympathetic nerve blocks to psychotherapy to surgery. Conditions that fall into the pain disorders family include:
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Somatoform disorder
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic pain
Social Security And RSD/CRPS
Social Security has a ruling specifically dealing with RSD and CRPS. Factors that are considered in evaluating disability include:
- Signs of swelling
- Anatomic changes such as in skin color or temperature in a limb
- Involuntary movements
- Lack of functional use of a limb
Any medical documentation that you have regarding your disorder must show some of all these factors in order for you to be considered for SSD benefits. Our firm can help you gather all the proper paperwork from your doctor and any specialists you have seen to ensure that Social Security has everything they need to make a decision in your favor.
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Organizations: American Chronic Pain Association (www.theacpa.org); American Pain Foundation (www.painfoundation.org); National Pain Foundation (http://www.nationalpainfoundation.org/).