If you are filing for Social Security Disability, you will need to have medical evidence supporting your claim. Under the Social Security Administration regulations, you must have signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings that support your medical problems. If you have pain in your joints (knees, shoulders, hips) or spine, you may benefit from seeing a doctor who is board-certified in “physical medicine and rehabilitation.” These doctors are often called “pain doctors.” Pain doctors typically specialize in managing pain without surgery through medications, physical therapy, and/or injections.
Those who are claiming Social Security Disability often benefit on multiple levels from seeing a pain doctor. First, these medical professionals are often able to effectively control pain levels, allowing claimants to have a better quality of life and more function than they would have had otherwise. Secondly, these doctors are often very skilled at performing physical examinations and documenting claimants’ functional abilities, using imaging studies like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans to show the effects of an injury or disability. Evidence from pain management clinics could be critical to proving your case to the Social Security Administration or a Grand Rapids Administrative Law Judge. As such, we always recommend that our clients make appointments with pain doctors whenever they have the opportunity.
Grand Rapids Pain Management Clinics
If you are experiencing chronic pain and don’t want to rush into surgery, you can ask your primary care doctor to refer you to a pain management physician. Some of the most popular clinics in Grand Rapids are as follows:
2060 East Paris, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
4024 Park East Court SE, Suite C
Grand Rapids, MI 49456
710 Kenmoor Avenue SE, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49456
1900 Wealth Street SE, Suite 290
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Our Social Security Disability clients have had wonderful experiences with the institutions above. Please follow the hyperlinks above to learn more about each one and schedule an appointment with your clinic of choice.
Maximizing Your Visit
Our Grand Rapids Disability lawyer can assist you in contacting and meeting with any medical providers to obtain statements regarding your physical capabilities. Having these statements worded properly and in your file is extremely important for proving your case and winning benefits.
At Nolan & Shafer, our Grand Rapids Social Security attorneys work hard to gather the appropriate evidence. We then present it in a way that puts you in the best position to win your case. Whether we are filing your application for you or presenting your case to an Administrative Law Judge, we help you every step of the way.
Call us at (231) 403-0040 to schedule a free consultation.