What is Herniated Disc Problem?
A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the discs between the individual bones that make up the spine. This can irritate the surrounding nerves causing pain and discomfort in the arms or legs. The cause of a herniated disc is from gradual wear and tear on the spinal discs causing water to be lost.
This reduces the flexibility of the spinal cord, making it more vulnerable to tearing or rupturing. Those at a greater risk of having a herniated disc tend to be overweight, have physically demanding jobs, or have inherited a herniated disc.
Symptoms of Herniated Disc
Symptoms of a herniated disc include arm or leg pain, numbness, tingling, and weak muscles. Depending on where the herniated disc is located, different parts of the body may be affected. For example, a herniated disc in the lower back means that an individual will likely experience pain in their buttocks, thighs, or calf muscles.
Numbness or a tingling sensation is the result of the nerves being affected by the disc. Weak muscles lead to impairing one’s ability when grabbing or lifting items.
How To Diagnose Herniated Disc Problem?
To diagnose a herniated disc a doctor will examine your back to check for tenderness. A further exam may look for reflexes, muscle strength, walking ability, or the ability to feel light touches. Imaging tests may also be done which include an x-ray, CT scan, MRI, and a myelogram. An x-ray can help to rule out other causes of back pain.
A CT scan creates cross-sectional images of the spine whereas an MRI uses a strong magnetic field to create images of the body’s internal structure. Lastly, a myelogram is done by injecting a dye into the spinal fluid to detect the pressure on the spinal cord by conducting an x-ray. Nerve tests may also be completed in order to study how well electrical impulses move along the nerves.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Herniated Disc
A herniated disc will likely qualify you under the disability section entitled walking impairment. To be eligible for this disability tax credit program, you must take an inordinate amount of time to walk even with appropriate therapy, medication, and devices. For example, these devices include canes and walkers.
To be considered as markedly restricted, you must have difficulty walking 100 metre and move significantly slower than the average person. It may either take a great deal of time to do so, or you may experience shortness of breath or pain. A walking impairment causes fatigue, ataxia, lack of coordination, and balancing difficulties. These episodes cause you to be unable to walk, or incapacitated for several days at a time.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Herniated Disc?
To apply, our experts will assist you in filling out form T2201 where you will need to get your medical practitioner to complete this form. This will ask your doctor to describe how you are impaired by your disability. It is important to be descriptive in this section as a patient can be affected in a variety of ways by Herniated Disc.
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to +claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.