ARTHRITIS

How to Qualify for Social Security Benefits with Arthritis

Arthritis is a term that refers to any disorder affecting the body's joints. Affected joints often include the knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists, hands, ankles, and feet, but may involve others as well. Symptoms can include joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. Objective medical findings can include limited range of motion, pain with range of motion, and crepitus. There are multiple types of arthritis, the most prevalent of which are ​​​osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, results from the breakdown of joint cartilage and its underlying bone. It is also referred to as bone-on-bone arthritis because of the effect that this breakdown has on the underlying bone structure. It is usually identified by X-rays. 

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the joints. It normally results in joint pain and swelling. It is usually identified by bloodwork.

If you suffer from arthritis, you can qualify for SSDI / SSI benefits in one of two ways: (1) meeting or equaling a medical listing, or (2) proving resulting limitations resulting in the inability to perform your past relevant work or any other work. Although there is no specific listing for arthritis, it can cause other impairments severe enough to satisfy listings under 1.00 (Musculoskeletal System) and 14.00 (Immune System). 

The Hicks Law Firm assists claimants seeking disability for arthritis. If you suffer from arthritis and are unable to work, contact us for a free consultation.
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