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Cervical radiculopathy & disability benefits

Updated June 13, 2017

Doctors diagnose cervical radiculopathy when a patient has a pinched nerve in the neck. Herniated discs often cause cervical radiculopathy, although there are other causes as well. Treatment usually involves medication and physiotherapy. In some cases, surgery is required.

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Symptoms and Pain

Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy include neck pain, headaches and weakness in the arms, and can range in severity. Cervical radiculopathy usually responds well to treatment, but in some cases surgery is necessary and a person can be out of commission for quite some time.

Social Security Disability Insurance

If a person is unable to work for at least one year due to a medical condition such as cervical radiculopathy, he may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Other conditions must be met; for instance, he must have worked for a certain number of years in the past.

Supplemental Security Insurance

If a person does not qualify for SSDI because she has not worked enough years in the past, she may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if her cervical radiculopathy prevents her from working for at least one year. Certain income guidelines also apply.

State Disability Insurance

Several states offer disability insurance to residents, including New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, California and Hawaii. Coverage varies from state to state, but may provide short-term benefits for people unable to work due to cervical radiculopathy.

Short-term Disability Insurance

Some people purchase short-term disability insurance policies. These policies usually provide coverage if people are unable to work for a short time due to conditions like cervical radiculopathy. The exact coverage varies from policy to policy.

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About the Author

Kelly Morris

Kelly Morris has been making a living as a writer since 2004. She attended the College of Mount St. Joseph with a major in social work and minor in women's studies. Her work has appeared in a number of print publications including Caregivers Home Companion, Midwifery Today and Guide.

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