Is a Chiropractor’s Opinion Helpful for a Disability Claim for Back Problems?

04/29/2013 // Wright Disability Firm // Wright & Wright // (press release)

When filing a claim for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration requires that applicants provide supporting medical documentation for their case. Proper medical documentation of this type must come from a source that is accepted by the SSA; therefore it is important that applicants understand which sources are acceptable.

One of the most common questions asked by those who are filing for Social Security Disability for a back related disability is “can my chiropractor provide me with the medical documentation needed for my case?” The short answer is no.

Although a chiropractor has sufficient qualifications to provide certain types of treatment for disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, they are not recognized by Social Security as legitimate sources for obtaining medical treatment in a disability case. The chiropractic treatment records, opinions, and imaging studies,, such as x-rays will be reviewed; however, they are only given little weight as to the determination of a disabling condition. Even though for many, chiropractic care has provided relief for an array of back conditions, this field is considered to be in the realm of alternative and complementary medicine. Therefore applicants should seek diagnosis and treatment from a physician if a persistent back condition prevents them from performing work duties, so that they have access to proper and recognized medical documentation.

Wright & Wright, America’s Social Security Disability Firm? advocates are available for those seeking to obtain Social Security benefits for a back condition or other disability. The firm can provide a free case evaluation upon request. Individuals who are planning to file a claim for SSDI or SSI, or are seeking to appeal a claim that may have already been denied can contact the firm today for information about getting filing help.

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