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Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.

On Behalf of | Jan 21, 2013 | Social Security Disability Benefits

There is often a never ending cycle of disease impacting disease which accompanies most who suffer from arthritis. When one suffers from joint pain in their hip, back, knees, hands or feet, it often makes exercise difficult and the sedentary lifestyle that accompany those pains can bring about other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, or even stroke. An increase in weight on the joints due to inactivity creates more and more pain for those who suffer from the most debilitating disease in the United States.

It is estimated that arthritis costs California $8.4 billion a year and is the leading cause of disability within the United States. Arthritis is a chronic disease that causes joint inflammation that affects the body’s joints and surrounding tissues. For most forms and cases there is also no cure, only temporary relief with medication and lifestyle changes.

The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, is caused by the loss of the lubricating cushioning between joints, leaving sufferers with bone on bone contact that is extremely irritating on the joints and painful to the individual. It is also known as “degenerative joint disease as the inflammation can sometimes lead to the body releasing harmful chemicals and enzymes which deteriorate the cartilage and bone as well like acid etching away at metal.

While early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of disability for sufferers of arthritis and sometimes drive the symptoms into “as state of total or partial remission,” often times, the disease leads to some form of disability. If you find yourself suffering from arthritis to a point where it renders you disabled and you are having trouble collecting Social Security Disability, please contact an attorney practiced in that area of law. They will be able to help advocate for you throughout the process of dealing with the Social Security Administration.

Source:, “The many faces of arthritis,” Linda Field, Dec. 28, 2012

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