Musculoskeletal disorders evaluated for SSD

by Staff | March 23rd, 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Listings of Impairments for Social Security Disability (SSD) are important because they outline the criteria  used to determine if a claimant is disabled.

As it strives to update the federal agency’s Listing of Impairments for SSD benefits, this year the SSA plans to seek public comment on musculoskeletal disorders, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Arthritis and degenerative disc disease are typical examples of musculoskeletal disorders. These disorders include diseases affecting muscles, joints, nerves, and tendons in the body. They may be inflammatory or degenerative in nature.

Musculoskeletal disorders may also fall into several areas of injury or disease that develops over time. Sometimes a person experiences repetitive injuries to joints, muscle and bones. The prolonged repetitive motion may cause damage, which may result in functional limitations that preclude all work.

When the musculoskeletal disorders reach a level of severity that makes it impossible to work, they may qualify the affected individuals for benefits.

The SSA considers symptoms such as pain, swelling, fatigue, and decreased focus or concentration. “But to prove eligibility for SSDI requires the musculoskeletal impairment to preclude all work for at least 12 months, or be expected to result in death,” a senior claimant representative said.

Are you or someone you know having any problems with your musculoskeletal system?  If so, we may be able to help you.

If you or someone you know needs help with Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

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