January 25, 2020

Do I need to see a specialist, or is my general/family physician enough?

Although the opinions and/or diagnosis of a family physician is credible and is in no way minimized or to be considered as such,  the Social Security Administration often will not approve a Multiple Sclerosis disability claim on the findings of a general physician or family physician alone.

In considering whether to afford an individual who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis disability benefits, significant weight is given by the SSA to those test results, opinions, and diagnoses of treating MS specialists, neurologists, and/or pain management specialists. So in essence, in order to strengthen your disability claim, you must seek the opinion of a physician specializing in your chief complaint.