Long Term Disability Lawyers for Myofascial Pain Syndrome
The chronic and intense pain caused by myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is debilitating. Not only does it prevent you from working and living the life you want, but it also negatively affects your mental health. If you have been diagnosed with MPS, you may be eligible for disability benefits. A qualified long-term disability lawyer for neurological and cognitive disorders can help you understand your rights and guide you through the complex claims process.
At Abell and Capitan Law, we have devoted our practice to representing clients throughout the country in disability insurance claims. We develop a custom approach for each and every claim we handle, and we never represent insurance companies.
If you are facing a debilitating illness or injury such as MPS, we are committed to fighting for you and your rights. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you will pay us nothing unless we recover benefits for you. Call us at (267) 419-7888 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation today.
What Is MPS?
MPS is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in a person’s muscles and fascia, the connective tissues that surround muscles. This condition creates “trigger points” in certain muscles or muscle groups. Any pressure placed on these trigger points causes pain to radiate to other areas of the body.
Myofascial pain can occur anywhere in the body and is most commonly seen in the neck, shoulders, back, arms, and legs. The pain caused by MPS tends to persist or even worsen over time.
What Causes MPS?
The most common cause of MPS is excessive strain or overuse of a muscle or muscle group. This may be caused by:
- A repetitive motion required for a job or hobby
- Poor posture
- Long-term or intense stress or anxiety
MPS may also be caused by an acute muscle injury or even underuse of a muscle or muscle group, such as when a person has a broken leg in a cast. If you’ve developed MPS, do contact us immediately. We’re well-experienced and ready to help you realize results.
What Are the Symptoms of MPS?
Symptoms of MPS may include:
- Localized muscle pain or a region of muscle pain that may feel like a deep ache, stiffness, or throbbing
- A trigger point (or points) that causes the pain
- Pain that persists or worsens due to certain activities or stress
- Weakness and reduced range of motion in the affected areas
Since MPS causes chronic pain, it has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to function normally. Poor sleep and mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, are just some examples of how chronic pain can impact a person’s wellbeing.
How Is MPS Diagnosed?
A doctor can diagnose MPS by testing for two types of trigger points:
- Active – When pressure is applied to an active trigger point, it causes pain in the immediate area and possibly other areas as well.
- Latent – This is an inactive trigger point that may not cause pain but instead causes muscle weakness or limits the mobility of the area.
What Treatment Is Available for MPS?
MPS can be managed or treated with:
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy and relaxation techniques
- Trigger point injections
The effectiveness of these treatment options can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the intensity of pain it causes. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medications or muscle relaxants to help manage your pain. These can have a range of side effects, however, which can also negatively impact your overall health and quality of life.
It is important that you have a healthcare provider you can trust to help you manage your condition. Not only will they develop a pain management plan for you, but they will also help you understand and treat any mental health issues or other complications you may be facing as a result of your condition.
Does MPS Qualify Me for Disability Benefits?
If you have been diagnosed with MPS by your doctor and your condition prevents you from working, you may be eligible for disability benefits.
It’s important to understand, however, that pain is a subjective phenomenon. Only you know how severe your pain is. There are no medical tests that can prove the intensity of your pain. This makes it more difficult to make a strong claim. Insurance companies are most concerned with their bottom line and will work hard to find ways to avoid paying a claim. That’s why you need a skilled disability insurance attorney to help you navigate the complicated claims process and negotiate for the best possible outcome for you.
What Evidence Is Required For a Claim?
You may have disability insurance through your employer or you may have purchased a policy on your own. Either way, there will be a specific claims process that you need to follow and this will require that you provide evidence of your diagnosis and condition. Collecting strong evidence that clearly proves the severity of your pain and its impact on your life is critical to a successful outcome.
This evidence should include:
- Medical records that provide details of your condition, including:
- Location of trigger points
- Locations, severity, and frequency or duration of pain, muscle weakness, and reduced mobility
- Impact of the condition on your daily life
- Details of your pain management plan
- Effectiveness of treatment methods on your condition
- Details of prescribed medications, including their effectiveness and side effects
An experienced disability lawyer can help you identify and gather the evidence you need to build a strong claim, giving you the best possible chance of receiving the benefits you need.
Contact Abell and Capitan Law Today
If the chronic and intense pain caused by MPS is affecting your ability to work, you may be facing significant financial and emotional stress. Fortunately, your long-term disability insurance may provide the financial support you need to ensure that you are still able to provide for yourself and your family despite your condition. Disability insurance claims are highly complex, however, particularly when they involve a subjective medical issue like pain.
The experienced long-term disability lawyers of Abell and Capitan Law are here to help you get the long-term disability benefits you are entitled to. Call us at (267) 419-7888 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation.