Torticollis and Receiving Disability Benefits

Torticollis and Receiving Disability Benefits

In this artilce we will unpack the definition of Torticollis, as well as discover what (if any) benefits for this common disability you may be entitled to. There are many common disabilities that have the capacity to change the quality of life you experience, as well as alter (however big or small) your daily routine as you know it. 

Torticollis, by its medical definition, is a disorder that exhibits flexion, extension, or twisting of muscles in the neck beyond their normal position. This can be brought on and developed from trauma, genetically, or even an adverse reaction to medications. In any case, Torticollis is extremely painful, highly uncomfortable, and each muscle in your neck can be very sensitive to the touch. It is also possible that you may experience the symptoms of deviation of the eyes and protrusion of the tongue. 

In order to effectively treat Torticollis, medical physicians will attempt to relax the neck muscles through several approaches, beginning with (but not limited to):

  • physical devices
  • meidcation
  • surgery

The lasting effects of this common disability rarely spill over into consistant neck problems for a year or more, while most Torticollis sufferers will see the issues resolve in a matter of days or weeks. Each case is individual, and specific to unique circumstances and situations. If you are suffering from this disability for more than a few weeks, it would be in your best interest to seek the professional help of a Doctor or Specialist. From the beginning, be sure to have all your treatments and diagnosis documented for your records should your specific case be extended and affect your working and living ability. A Neurologist or Surgeon would be your best case scenario in helping you come to the best possible outcome for your specific needs. 

As for receiving disability benefits for Torticollis, it is possible for you to be seen as viable within the system of the Social Security Administration. Because they do not specialize in quantifying individual cases based upon pain levels or tolerance, your most important key is going to be having documented and validated medical records. Even though the SSA is not known for acknowledging your limitations based on your pain, they are very approachable from the standpoint of medical diagnosis which validates your limited capacity to effectively work without significant restrictions due to your pain. You will need to have your physician outline why your condition keeps you from working, and if your specific condition of Torticollis keeps you from any of the following:

  • sitting
  • standing
  • walking
  • reaching
  • pulling
  • pushing
  • lifting, and how much weight
  • turning your head, and how far

It is possible that you may never need to be the one to request your own medical records, however it is your responsibility to ensure that clear and precise outline of your conditions and limitations is set for the record on your behalf with your physician's signiture. For your best possible outcome to be available in your specific case, it is in your best interest to retain the services of a professional and experienced attorney who is capable of both understanding the law and ensuring clear communication to you about your unique case. It is always best to have confidence in your process and the unknowns to be seen before they become obstacles. Torticollis may be considered a common disability, but your circumstances and personal health are as unique as you.  

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