The short answer is: Yes, it is possible to get Social Security benefits for a sitting disability. Sitting disabilities are more than the simple ability to sit. Several medical conditions that can cause difficulty sitting are back injuries, sciatica, and piriformis syndrome. In addition to the most common medical issues that Social Security recognizes for sitting disabilities, here are some of the lesser known causes:
- Coccydynia. This pain is characterized by pain that occurs in and around the tailbone. Most often, there is no known cause, although you’ll sometimes hear of teenagers complaining about this pain. At their age, it’s something they grow out of. In adults, it is sometimes related to trauma, infection, fractures, or hyper-mobility of the tailbone joint. Symptoms include pain during bowel movements, intercourse, sitting for long periods, and when moving from a sitting to standing position. Coccydynia is frequently medically treatable, but in rare cases, removal of the tailbone is necessary; and the pain continues.
- Myofascial pain syndrome. This chronic pain involved contraction of the muscles, whereby muscles “knot up” painful bundles of muscle fiber. Sitting can cause these trigger points to flare up. Myofascial pain syndrome can be treated with medications such as antidepressants, over the counter pain medication, and physical therapy.
- Pudendal neuralgia. Pudendal neuralgia affects the nerve that runs through the genitals, urethra, anus, and perineum and causes pain throughout the reproductive organ regions of the body, particularly while sitting. Both men and women are susceptible to this pain. Medication, surgery, and physical therapy can be effective in treating this condition.