Degenerative disc disease and the associated pain can make completing work difficult or impossible. As a result, California residents with this condition may apply for Social Security disability benefits to provide income for themselves and their families. According to the Social Security Administration, claims for disability benefits based on degenerative disc disease are assessed according to the portion of its manual dealing with various spinal disorders. This listing encompasses a range of spinal conditions, including spinal stenosis and vertebral fractures in addition to degenerative disorders.
The system of providing Social Security disability benefits involves a complex maze of rules, regulations and decisions regarding prior cases. By employing a sequential process to evaluate an eligible applicant's claim, the Social Security Administration will determine if there is indeed a "disability" that warrants benefits. For many California claimants, how their particular mental or physical impairment fits within the SSA's Blue Book, or Listing of Impairments, is crucial to the ultimate disability decision. However, even if a claimant's impairment is among those included in the Blue Book, it's not certain that disability benefits will be awarded.