Musculoskeletal Disorders and SSD Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Though most conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or are expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year.
Musculoskeletal Disorders That Qualify for Disability
Certain musculoskeletal disorders are considered disabling by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on the severity of the condition. Musculoskeletal conditions may affect the joints, major limbs, or spine.
There are a number of musculoskeletal disorders that may qualify you for disability benefits. These disorders include:
- Major dysfunction of joints (such as deformity or severe joint pain)
- Inability to move around effectively (resulting from reconstructive surgery)
- Spinal disorders (including herniated discs, vertebral fractures, and arthritis)
- Amputation (due to any cause)
- Fracture of the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone), pelvis, or tarsal bones (located in the middle of the foot)
Due to the number of different musculoskeletal disorders listed by the SSA, there is no hard and fast rule set for evaluation, but generally the SSA will need to see evidence of the following when evaluating musculoskeletal disorders:
- Inability to ambulate (defined as the “extreme limitation of the ability to walk”)
- Inability to perform fine and gross movements (this means you can’t initiate, sustain, or complete actions involving the upper body, such as reaching, pushing, pulling, and grasping)
- Severe pain (to the point where you can’t perform basic work activities)
Need Social Security Disability Benefits? We Can Help.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve been fighting for the rights of people with serious illnesses to get SSD benefits for decades. Now, we want to help you. If you’re struggling with the symptoms of a musculoskeletal disorder, our Social Security Disability attorneys can help build a strong claim on your behalf to get benefits from the SSA.