Arthritis and SSD Benefits

Arthritis is when there is swelling in the joints which causes inflammation resulting in pain and limited range of motion. Arthritis commonly affects the knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers, hands, and hip joints. One out of every five Americans has reported being diagnosed with arthritis, although the symptoms must be severe in order to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Disabling Effects of Arthritis

There are different types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), and osteoarthritis, all with varying effects on different joints. Depending on your situation, the arthritis may be classified under several categories or listings of SSD disabilities. Patients with this disease may experience several of the following limiting symptoms:

  • Pain while walking, standing, or sitting
  • Trouble lifting, reaching, or bending
  • Difficulty moving the fingers
  • Pain while carrying or handling items
  • Morning stiffness
  • Swollen joints
  • Sensory loss
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Decreases flexibility
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Slow reflexes
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Hiring an SSD Attorney to Prove Arthritis Disability

Arthritis symptoms can swing from minor discomfort to debilitating pain. When applying for SSD benefits, it is crucial that you submit the proper evidence of medical testing to prove your disability is severe. An SSD lawyer will use your medical records, your work history, and other pertinent details to prove that your arthritis is permanently disabling and show how it prevents you from maintaining a career.

Your SSD attorney knows what the Social Security Administration looks for when evaluating claims for Social Security Disability and can help you submit the strongest argument in favor of benefits. Don’t let unclear language from your doctors or inadequate arthritis testing inhibit your chances at getting approved for SSD benefits. Trust your application and SSD appeals to a professional who knows the process well.

If you’d like to find out if your arthritis qualifies you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, talk to an experienced counselor today about your situation. Please search our legal directory to find an SSD lawyer near you.