Arthritis Disability Benefits in Social Security Administration

When there is inflammation of the joints, arthritis occurs. Fractures, viral or bacterial diseases, autoimmune disorders, age, and bone frailty can all cause arthritis. Arthritis may cause significant pain, redness, and swelling of the joints and restricts one’s ability.

Qualify for Disability Benefits with Arthritis

To be eligible for Social Security Disability with arthritis, you must meet the basic disability requirements set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). To receive disability benefits, you need to have a condition that prevents you from doing any work. Also, the condition must be expected to last at least one year.

The SSA determines if you are currently working. If you are gainfully employed (in 2017, gainfully employed is defined as earning $1,170 per month), you’ll be disqualified for Social Security Disability if you demonstrate the ability to perform substantial gainful activity.

The SSA determines whether your arthritis satisfies their standards. A person must experience swelling and pain to fulfill the Social Security disability criteria, and their combined movement must be limited and/or painful.

The SSA determines whether your arthritis is severe enough to hinder you from doing activities needed for working. Based on which actions your arthritis hinders, you might be deemed capable to perform heavy, light, or sedentary work.

In arthritis, you need to obtain treatment. You need to satisfy the SSA that you comply with your medications before it can determine the extent and severity of your condition. The SSA uses the following steps to ascertain whether someone qualifies for Social Security Disability due to arthritis:

If the SSA decides that you’re unable to perform any work that you have performed previously, they will consider your age, your level of education, your prior experience, and your general emotional and physical health to determine if you could be trained to perform any other sort of work. If, in their estimation, you can be trained to do other work you will be denied benefits.

Your claim will be approved when the SSA determines your arthritis precludes you from performing any type of job and you’ll start receiving Social Security Disability benefits. It is worth noting that initial claims are usually denied. If your claim is refused, you should consider consulting a Social Security Disability lawyer (if you are not already working with one) on the best way to appeal your case.

Is Arthritis a Disability Under Social Security?

The SSA sets forth criteria for disability applicants with rheumatoid arthritis in its Listing of Impairments. Social Security’s health record for “inflammatory arthritis” is broad and relatively complicated and offers several ways that a disability applicant with arthritis can qualify. You must be limited in your capability to work to qualify for benefits for arthritis. Specifically, you must satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • Your arthritis affects the joints in both of your arms, preventing you from performing tasks that involve the use of your arms.
  • Your arthritis is present in your legs, causing you significant difficulties in walking (for instance, you need to use two canes, a walker, or a wheelchair).
  • You’ve got inflammation or a permanent deformity in one or more major joints, along with the moderate participation of at least two more body systems, resulting to at least two of these symptoms: acute fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss.
  • You have spondyloarthropathy or ankylosing spondylitis, with fixation of your spine of at least 45 degrees.
  • You have ankylosing spondylitis or spondyloarthropathy, with fixation of your backbone and with the involvement of two or more body systems.
  • You suffer repeated flare-ups with at least 2 of these symptoms: fever, extreme fatigue, malaise, or weight loss. These symptoms cause limitations in your activities of daily living, social functioning, or ability to complete tasks.

Can Osteoarthritis Disability Benefits Qualify You for Benefits?

Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness in the joints for many people as they get older (it is sometimes referred to as rheumatoid arthritis), but few people qualify for disability due to arthritic pain and stiffness. When an individual’s symptoms grow worse, which is particularly likely for obese men and women, the symptoms may require knee or hip replacements and may limit an individual’s mobility which can severely impact a person’s ability to use his or her hands.

Since osteoarthritis can be found in various joints, Social Security has several “impairment listings” under which you will be evaluated. You will be qualified for benefits if you meet the requirements under the back and joint problems. Otherwise, you could still be qualified for disability if you can show that your arthritis restricts your ability to work so much that you can’t perform physical activities required by most occupations like walking, standing, or sitting for long periods of time; pushing, pulling, lifting, or grasping items; or occasionally bending or stooping.

Getting Disability Benefits

You may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if you suffer from severe neck pain. Neck pain has many causes. It can be the result of distinct issues. It may be caused by worn nerve compression, muscle strain, whiplash, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, herniated discs, joints, arthritis vertebrae, meningitis, and other forms of cancer. The symptoms that you experience may vary and include difficulty swallowing, dizziness, headache, numbness, shooting pain in the face, severe shoulder pain, arm tingling and numbness, and sharp shooting pains.

To be eligible for SSDI based on neck pain, you must meet the demands of the handicap listing in the SSA’s guide, called the Blue Book. The listings at the Book prove that you don’t have the capacity to work. Supplying adequate documentation is the key.

Arthritis Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit paid towards the additional costs of raising a disabled child who needs more care than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability.

Osteoarthritis Disability Tax Credit

If you have serious limitations in dressing, walking, or feeding yourself on a daily basis and have arthritis, you may qualify for Disability Tax Credit. The severe limitations should last or is expected to last, for at least 12 months or more. Only individuals who are extremely restricted in their own activities can qualify for the tax credit.

Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Be a Basis for Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a manual which has a comprehensive list of medical conditions that are considered for handicap by the office of Social Security Disability benefits. This guide is known as the Blue Book. The manual has a list of conditions which make a person eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The case presentation should include findings of clinical and laboratory investigations.


A claimant who cannot work due to arthritis which has resulted in significant impairment of function is considered by Social Security as disabled. Knowledge and experience are essential to present a strong case before a judge of the SSA. It is advisable to seek the services of an SSD attorney that has experience in handling arthritis cases.

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