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What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Can it Qualify You for SSD Benefits?

While many disorders and diseases are widely known to be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, others aren’t as commonly discussed. One such condition is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Here’s what to know about CRPS and SSD benefits.

What is CRPS?

CRPS is a type of chronic pain, which has different types. One type of CRPS is known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or “RSD.” RSD generally occurs in one’s leg or arm after a stroke, heart attack, surgery, or other injuries. While it’s not yet known what specifically causes CRPS, it is believed to have something to do with nerve dysfunction or abnormal inflammation in the body. With CRPS, the pain involved tends to be more severe than what it would ordinarily be from the injury. For instance, the pain involved after a heart attack may be more severe than what would ordinarily be expected from the heart attack itself. Unfortunately, CRPS does not yet have a cure and is considered to be permanent.

How Does CRPS Impact Your Ability to Work?

The pain in the arm or leg is often so severe that it makes use of the appendage very difficult. For instance, those with CRPS manifesting in the leg may find it difficult to stand for long periods at a time, while someone with CRPS in the arm may find it difficult to use their hands for long. This can make carrying out ordinary work tasks near impossible. 

Is CRPS Considered a Disability?

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), which is responsible for deciding who receives SSD benefits, CRPS is, in fact, a possible cause of disability. This means that someone with CRPS may be eligible to receive SSD benefits depending upon their specific situation. There is no listing in the SSA’s blue book for CRPS specifically; however, it is often considered a severe impairment. 

The difficult part about receiving SSD benefits for CRPS is that there isn’t a specific way to test for and diagnose someone with it. Therefore, consistent treatment and extensive documentation is important. Without a specific test for CRPS, diagnoses are currently based on someone’s physical examination and history of complaints and treatments. 

By working with a qualified SSD attorney, it can help to ease your mind. He or she understands what is required to prove disability and will work hard on your behalf.

The Las Vegas SSD Attorneys at Roeschke Law, LLC Can Help

If you or a loved one is struggling with a disability, such as CRPS, that prevents you from working, you may not know how to proceed. Fortunately, the attorneys at Roeschke Law, LLC can help. We understand the impact that a disability can have on your physical, emotional, and financial health. That’s why it’s our mission to help you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!