Shoulder injuries can have a significant impact on your daily activities. They have the potential to be very painful and to reduce what you can do for yourself. Some people with shoulder injuries can’t pick things up. Others can’t use their hands or arms because of weakness.
The Social Security Administration does recognize some musculoskeletal injuries and disorders as those that may lead to a loss of function, chronic pain and issues that result in a lasting disability. One of the most important factors for seeking disability benefits for shoulder injuries is proving that you have lost the ability to use a major joint.
What causes such severe joint dysfunction?
Major dysfunction of a joint can be caused by many factors, such as:
- Chronic joint pain
- Fibrous ankyloses
- Congenital deformities
- Degenerative conditions, like arthritis
You will need to show that you cannot perform fine and gross motor movements effectively to seek disability benefits as a result of this condition.
How can you prove that you have a major joint dysfunction?
To prove the need for disability benefits, you will have to show that you cannot work because of the condition (or cannot complete substantial work). Additionally, you may need to show that you have sought treatment, such as surgery or physical therapy, without a positive outcome.
Your medical provider may need to provide documents to show that a return to good movement and mobility will be unlikely or impossible. A strong diagnosis of a degenerative or permanent condition should be included in your claim.
Social Security Disability benefits are notoriously hard to gain. If your claim is denied, it’s generally wisest to speak with an attorney right away about your appeal.