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Osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis, affects millions of people all over the world. Often referred to as “wear-and-tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage of a bone wears down as people age. A Charlotte Social Security disability attorney can tell you that while osteoarthritis may damage any joint within the body, this disorder typically affects joints in hands, wrists, neck, lower back, hips, and knees. Symptoms include stiffness and joint pain at the affected area. While treatments including medication and exercise can slow the progression of this disorder, osteoarthritis slowly worsens over time. Currently, there is no cure for osteoarthritis.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to decide if you are eligible to receive benefits. Included in that evaluation process is the SSA’s “Listing of Impairments” by which the SSA will evaluate your claim to see if you qualify. For osteoarthritis, the listings cover back problems, joint dysfunctions, and residual functional capacity (RFC). According to a Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer, if you meet the requirements of one of the impairment listings for joint dysfunction or back problems, you likely qualify for benefits. If not, you could still qualify for disability benefits if you can prove that your osteoarthritis prevents you from performing the physical activities required by most jobs, as your Charlotte Social Security disability attorney can further explain.
For more information about applying for Social Security disability based on your osteoarthritis, please contact a Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer at Bridgman Law Offices at (704) 815-6055.
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