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Can arthritis lead to Social Security Disability?

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2021 | SSDI

Arthritis is a painful joint condition that can negatively impact every aspect of your life. In mild cases, the pain and stiffness might be nothing more than just an inconvenience. As the condition progresses, the symptoms may limit what you can do. 

Severe arthritis might make it impossible for you to work. This can leave you unable to support yourself. If you have enough of a work history, you might opt to file for Social Security disability. You should remember a few points about arthritis and disability payments. 

Is joint dysfunction a qualifying condition?

Joint dysfunction is one of the conditions that’s covered in the Blue Book that the Social Security Administration uses to determine disability. The damage to your joints needs to be clearly documented in your medical file. Typically, this is done through the use of imaging scans. Alternatively, you may be able to get an approval based on your inability to bear weight on a leg joint. 

Some people have arthritis in their hands. This might also qualify them for disability benefits if they’re unable to use their hands in a suitable manner. Being unable to push or pull using the hands or fingers might be a qualifying point. 

If arthritis has impacted you to the point that you can’t work, you may opt to apply for Social Security disability. This isn’t going to be a fast process, so be sure that you plan for this. There’s a chance that your application will be denied. This can result in you needing to file an appeal, so having someone on your side who can help you with this is beneficial.