Back and neck pain
Back pain is most common in the lower back (lumbago), although it can be felt anywhere along the spine, from the neck down to the hips. Sometimes back pain can be caused by an injury or disease such as athritis or ankylosing spondylitis.
Note: Although disablement must be caused by a physical or mental health condition, it is the needs and difficulties that result which will determine entitlement rather than the condition itself. As a result, whilst the case law below may be of assistance, it will be important to also look at the case law relating to the activities and issues that affect you too.
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Ability to mobilise to ‘an acceptable standard’ must include an assessment of the effects of pain
-  UKUT 326 (AAC)
Ability to ‘move around’ relates to normal out of doors surface - including kerbs and reasonably flat pavements
-  UKUT 240 (AAC)
An ordinary chair or bed can constitute an ‘aid’ for the purposes of the PIP descriptors if a claimant needs to sit on it to dress or undress
-  UKUT 572 (AAC)
Only one or more, as opposed to all, of the three elements of the definition of ‘toilet needs’ has to be met / Brush or shower head used for cleaning body can be an aid or appliance
-  UKUT 570 (AAC)