Osteoarthritis and SSD benefits
Is severe osteoarthritis in both knees a consideration for social security benefits. My work consists of wlking and standing. I work in housekeeping.
Qualifying for SSDI for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and it is caused by the breakdown of cartilage in an individual’s joints. It most commonly occurs in the hips, knees, and spine. It can be very painful, and it can limit an individual’ ability to perform physical activity or work.
If you have osteoarthritis it may be possible to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance either by “meeting a listing”, which means your condition equals or matches a listing identified on the SSA Listing of Impairments (a list the SSA maintains of all the mental and physical health conditions it considers automatically disabling) or you may be able to prove through a medical vocational allowance that you are unable to work.
• Meeting a Listing for Osteoarthritis
Severe osteoarthritis may meet several listings found under 1.01 Category of Impairments, Musculoskeletal (i.e. 1.03 Reconstructive surgery or surgical arthrodesis of a major weight- bearing joint and 1.04 Disorders of the spine). Meeting a listing for osteoarthritis can be very difficult. Some of the common symptoms that your condition must cause will include the following:
Limitations of the knee, hip, or ankle joints
Limitations using your hands
Significant limitations using your arms
Difficulty standing or walking
When evaluating a claimant’s musculoskeletal conditions the SSA has stated, "Regardless of the cause(s) of a musculoskeletal impairment, functional loss for purposes of these listings is defined as the inability to ambulate effectively on a sustained basis for any reason, including pain associated with the underlying musculoskeletal impairment, or the inability to perform fine and gross movements effectively on a sustained basis for any reason, including pain associated with the underlying musculoskeletal impairment."
• Receiving SSDI based on a Medical Vocational Allowance
If your condition does not meet a listing the SSA will evaluate how it affects your ability to perform substantial gainful activity. To prove you are disabled through a medical vocational allowance you will need to have medical documentation which provides evidence of the functional limitations of your condition and specific tasks that you are unable to perform given your osteoarthritis.
For example, do you have difficulty doing any of the following:
• Walking, standing, sitting, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, carrying or handling
• Seeing, hearing and speaking
• Understanding or performing work-related tasks
• remembering simple instructions
• Responding appropriately to supervision, co-workers and usual work situations
• Dealing with changes in a routine work setting
• Maintaining a work schedule
The SSA will evaluate not only your residual functional capacity to work but they will also review your age, educational level, and transferable work skills to determine if you are able to work your current job, relevant work you have had in the past or if you could be retrained for new work.
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