There are two methods of receiving disability benefits when suffering from kyphosis of the spine, states Nolo: meet the requirements set in Social Security's listing of impairments or show that a return to work is not possible due to the condition. Kyphosis must dramatically affect the spine, breathing or heart.
If an individual's breathing or heart function is impaired by the condition, his disability could fall under respiratory or cardiovascular disorders. He may also be able to pursue disability benefits for mental disorders and inflammatory arthritis, depending upon his associated symptoms.
To meet the requirements purely for spinal disability, an individual must exhibit one of the following: nerve-root compression, inflammation of the membrane around the spine or narrowing of the spine. Nolo notes that medical evidence must prove that the individual suffers from at least one of these to receive disability benefits under a spinal condition, as of 2015.
If proving medical disability is not possible, an individual may still be eligible for disability benefits if he is unable to work because of the kyphosis. Like proving medical disability, there are a number of steps to take to receive disability from Social Security due to work-related capabilities; most of the requirements focus on physical limitations, according to Nolo.