Qualifying for SSD with Musculoskeletal Disorders

There are a number of musculoskeletal disorders that may qualify you for Social Security Disability (SSD) 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 Social Security Administration (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 whether a musculoskeletal disorder qualifies for SSD benefits:

  • 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)

Ask Our Firm about Qualifying for SSD with Musculoskeletal Disorders

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve been fighting for the rights of people with musculoskeletal disorders 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.

From the moment you contact our firm, you won’t owe us a dime unless we get money for you. Give us a call to learn more about qualifying for SSD with musculoskeletal disorders.


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