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Getting Social Security Benefits for Your Arthritis
Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation's leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15. If you suffer from arthritis that prevents you from working, you may qualify for disability benefits. Below is a list of some common types of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis: this is a degenerative joint disease where the cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joint deteriorates and causes pain and loss of movement as bone begins to rub against bone.
Rheumatoid arthritis: this is an autoimmune disease in which the joint lining becomes inflamed
Ankylosing spondylitis: this is a type of arthritis that affects the spine where there is inflammation and the bones of the spine grow together
Systemic lupus: this is a serious disorder that can inflame and damage joints and other connective tissues throughout the body (see our Lupus link )
Scleroderma: this is a disease of the body's connective tissue that causes a thickening and hardening of the skin
Fibromyalgia: this is a disease in which there is widespread pain that affects the muscles and attachments to the bone (see our Fibromyalgia link at www.socialsecuritydisabilityhelpcenter.com).
This information about arthritis was found at www.arthritis.org.
Some types of arthritis cannot be seen in x-rays, MRI's or blood tests, so there is no hard evidence of the condition. Social Security requires that an arthritic condition be severe enough to prevent gainful employment in order to receive benefits. Also, medical records must adequately support the condition. Therefore, seeing a doctor who documents all your symptoms is vital to winning your case. Arthritis is a particularly challenging case.
Social Security evaluates each person's claim for benefits using the following five steps:
At Disability Group, we understand how hard life can become with a back injury. Our experienced staff will guide you through the process of getting your disability benefits. We understand what medical evidence is required to prove your case and we will work diligently at obtaining, analyzing and preparing your case for a favorable decision. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case, by internet at www.socialsecuritydisabilityhelpcenter.com or by phone at (888) BENEFITS.
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