August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

Posted August 7, 2015 by Premier Disability Services, LLC® August is national spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) awareness month. This is the leading generic cause of death in babies under the age of two. Individuals suffering from SMA have difficulties with basic activities such as breathing and swallowing. It is important to spread awareness of this devastating disease and try to find a cure for a condition that affects approximately 1 in 10,000 babies.

In addition to SMA, many other people live with lumbar spine impairments and are in need of disability benefits. According to the American Bureau of Labor statistics, over one million individuals will suffer from a back injury each year in just the United States alone. Although there is not specific data showing how many Social Security case are approved for only back conditions; approximately 28 percent of disabled workers receive benefits on the basis of having a musculoskeletal system or connective tissue impairment ( Many of these conditions include degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and disc herniation. Especially with these types of impairments it is important to have well-documented medical evidence, specifically x-rays or MRIs of the back, to adequately show your disability.

By: Devon Brady of Premier Disability Services, LLC®