Arthritis is a condition that that can cause even sedentary work to be extremely difficult to accomplish. According to the Social Security Administration [ http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/1.00-Musculoskeletal-Adult.htm ], if you cannot perform the physical activities required by most jobs, you may qualify for disability. Some of these activities include standing for long periods of time or lifting objects. Along with the inability to perform physical activities, you may also qualify if you are experiencing a loss of function in either your upper or lower extremities due to arthritis.
This post will explain what the SSA’s qualifications are in regards to arthritis and the symptoms that coincide with each one. Even if your condition is not listed, you may qualify for disability benefits under different terms. Please reference the link at the top of the page for a full list of ailments that qualify you for Social Security disability benefits.
What type of arthritis do you have? How severe are your symptoms? The following is a list of some of the types of arthritis that may qualify you for Social Security benefits and how they are categorized according to the Social Security Administration.
- Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System: Osteoarthritis and facet arthritis are considered disorders of the spine. You can qualify for disability if your ailment has compromised a nerve root or the spinal cord in one of three ways: Compression of the root and the accompanying symptoms, spinal arachnoiditis or lumbar spinal stenosis resulting in pseudoclaudication.
- Immune System Disorders: This section includes inflammatory arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and septic arthritis. These types of arthritis are evaluated based on the level of impairment that they have caused. The Social Security Administration gauges qualification on if the applicant has experienced extreme limitation or joint deformities. One can prove this by providing medical images (MRI images for example) that show joint abnormalities or damage.
- Disorders that affect the functioning of the Cardiovascular System: Chest discomfort can be caused by cervical or dorsal spine arthritis. This chest discomfort can be expressed in the form of hyperventilation or other symptoms that mimic myocardial ischemia causing an immense amount of pain.
Two of the most common qualifiers for disability benefits in regards to arthritis are a reduction of function and joint deformities. If you have arthritis that affects your lower extremities and restricts how long you can walk, stand or even sit, you may not even be able to execute stationary work. If you feel as though your condition has made you unable to work, visit the SSA website [ http://www.ssa.gov/disability/ ] to apply.