Many elderly people in Los Angeles suffer from arthritis. Some will simply accept that this is part of the aging process for some people. However, while there may be many health issues that can be attributed to "old age," the reality is that arthritis is a medical condition that could become a disability for some people.
For those who suffer from some of the worst instances of arthritis, the symptoms can be overwhelming. A person's joints could feel like they are on fire with pain, as bone rubs against bone. The pain can lead to tenderness and then to stiffness. Arthritis can be felt in a person's hands, feet or knees, among other areas. From there, it is easy to see how a person's ability to work could be limited from such a disease. If a person can't stand or use their hands comfortably - without pain - how could they be expected to work 40 hours a week?
Of course, there are many different occupations that could be suitable for those who suffer from arthritis - occupations that don't involve a great deal of physical exertion or standing for long periods of time. And there are medications that can help those who suffer from arthritis to manage their medical condition and ease the pain. However, not everyone will be able to take advantage of these opportunities.
For some people, the best option is to apply for Social Security Disability benefits due to their arthritis. At our law firm, we help Los Angeles residents who are suffering from arthritis to do just that. For more information, please visit the arthritis overview section of our law firm's website.