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Osteoarthritis and Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), amount 15 million adults have arthritis or related conditions such as osteoarthritis arthritis.

Unfortunately, having osteoarthritis does not guarantee that you are entitled to disability benefits. Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint disease of the hands, knees, hips and spine. It primarily effects adults age 55 years or older.

Physical therapy and medication can control the pain osteoarthritis but, joints in your hands, hips or knees become non-functional. Replacement surgery may be the only alternative.

If your doctor has told you that you are unable to work as a result of osteoarthritis, you should remember that the Social Security Administration requires that your osteoarthritis be severe enough to prevent you from working.

The Social Security Administration evaluates osteoarthritis under two body systems, the muscular skeletal and immune systems at Step Three of the Five Step Sequential Evaluation.

Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration does not make it easy for those with osteoarthritis to get Social Security Disability benefits. As a result, individuals rarely are granted Social Security Disability benefits at the third step of the Five Step Sequential Evaluation.

As a result, the Social Security Administration must determine at Step Four, whether you can return to the lightest job that you have held in the last 15 years. If you can’t, the burden of proof shifts to the Social Security Administration to show that based on your functional limitations there isn’t a job that exists in the national economy based on your age, education or transferable skills that you would be capable of performing.

As a result of these strict requirements, it’s important that you explain to your doctors at every appointment how the limitations imposed by your osteoarthritis impact your ability to function at work. For example, you might have difficultly grasping things or doing fine fingering because of the osteoarthritis of your hands.

You should also tell your doctor at each visit the problems that you are having with pain, swelling, fatigue and even emotional problems that you are having such as anxiety or depression.

The Social Security Administration will evaluate the quality of your doctors’ medical reports and give their medical opinion a controlling weight if the medical records support the doctors’ medical conclusions about your ability to function.

To learn more about your rights to Social Security Disability benefits as a result of osteoarthritis, call the Law Office of Nancy Cavey at 727.894.3188 for a free Social Security Disability eligibility evaluation.

The Secret to Getting Social Security Disability Benefits for Osteoarthritis

Did you know that osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is characterized by a progressive deterioration of the cartilage that lines your joints. That will cause your bones to rub against each other. Ouch,Osteoarthritis Social Security Disability that can be very painful. Osteoarthritis effects weight bearing joints such as knees, backs and hips.

Your doctor may diagnose you as having osteoarthritis based on your physical examination, history of your symptoms, and x-rays.

Your doctor may prescribe painkillers, anti-inflammatory and other medications, including injections to help you with your pain and improve your flexibility. Unfortunately, many people suffer from side effects of anti-inflammatory medication.

It is not uncommon to see people who have osteoarthritis, ultimately go on to have surgery, including total knee replacement and total hip replacements as a result of osteoarthritis.

If your physician has told you that you are unable to work as a result of osteoarthritis, you should immediately apply for Social Security Disability benefits. If your osteoarthritis Social Security Disability claim has been denied, appeal immediately and consult an experienced osteoarthritis denied Social Security Disability attorney such as Cavey and Barrett

For more information about your rights to Social Security Disability benefits as a result of osteoarthritis, you can order your free, no obligation book of Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits.