Can I Get Benefits for a Sitting Disability?


Yes, it is possible to get Social Security benefits for a sitting disability. 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. A pain that occurs in and around the tailbone. Frequently, there is no known cause, you’ll sometimes hear of teenagers complaining about this pain, but 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 can frequently be medically treatable, but in rare cases, removal of the tailbone is necessary; and the pain continues.
  • Myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition caused by the contraction of muscles. These areas of intense muscle stress can develop into painful knots 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 impacts the nerve that runs through the genitals, urethra, anus, and perineum. The condition causes intense pain in the perineum, anus, testicles, penis, vagina, vulva, or urethra, particularly while sitting. Both men and women are susceptible to this pain. Medication, surgery, and physical therapy can be effective in treating this condition.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email DisabilityProfessionals to set up your appointment today.



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