What is Spinal Injury/Pain
Pain after SCI can occur in parts of the body where there is normal sensation (feeling) as well as areas that have little or no feeling. The pain is very real and can have a negative impact on quality of life. A person in severe pain may have difficulty carrying out daily activities or participating in enjoyable pastimes. The majority of people with SCI report that they have chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that does not go away and instead lasts months to years. The cause of the pain may be unknown but is most often related to nerve damage from the SCI or musculoskeletal problems that arise in dealing with an SCI. The pain can come and go. Chronic pain is difficult to completely eliminate but often can be managed or reduced enough so that it doesn’t overwhelm your life.
Symptoms of Spinal Injury/Pain
Symptoms include experiencing various types of pain such as neuropathic pain which is when one will experience pain in places that should have no feeling. Another type is musculoskeletal pain is when one feels extra pain in muscles, joints or bones and is more common as one gets older.
Available Treatments for Spinal Injury/Pain
Treatments include activity modification for musculoskeletal pain which changes your mobility equipment such as a wheelchair. Another treatment is physical therapy which may relieve pain associated with muscle tension. A third treatment is acupuncture which is when tiny needles are inserted into the skin at specific points in the body.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Spinal Injury/Pain
To be eligible for this tax credit, a person must be impaired for over the period of one full year. They can also be eligible if they have difficulty in one of the following daily life activities, such as walking. For a walking impairment, the patient must be unable to walk 100m (a city block) or it must take them an inordinate amount of time (3 times longer than normal) to do so due to shortness of breath.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Spinal Injury/Pain
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” it must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
How DCC Can Help Claim Tax Credit
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.