Question: Can I get Social Security disability for spondylolisthesis?
Answer: Yes, it is possible to get Social Security for spondylolisthesis.
But maybe I first need to explain what spondylolisthesis is for those who don’t know. Spondylolisthesis is probably the longest word I know how to spell and the longest word that I can more or less define. Spondylolisthesis is the slippage of one vertebra over another. The vertebrae are the bones in our spines. They are stacked up one on top of another. There are several mechanisms that are supposed to keep them in proper alignment with each other. When one or more of these mechanisms fails or just isn’t there because of a defect that someone is born with, one of the vertebrae can start slipping in relation to its neighbors. That slippage is called spondylolisthesis. It doesn’t take much slippage to start causing real problems since the spinal cord and the nerves branching off the spinal cord start getting pulled and pinched. They don’t like that and start causing a lot of pain.
The good thing is that there is a solution for most people who have spondylolisthesis which is causing them symptoms. They have spinal fusion surgery. The vertebrae are brought back into proper alignment and a metal plate is attached to them with screws to hold them in place. Sometimes this surgery can’t be done or is done and isn’t successful or seems to have been done successfully but the patient is still in a lot of pain, perhaps because too much damage was done before the surgery. People who have spondylolisthesis for which they cannot get surgery or for which surgery did not work can possibly get Social Security disability benefits.