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Musculoskeletal conditions and Social Security Disability

| Feb 15, 2019 | Social Security Disability

When California residents realize they can no longer work because of a disability, they usually have many questions about what will happen next. Although many people can receive Social Security disability benefits, there are certain kinds of conditions which the Social Security Administration considers disabilities. If people want to receive disability benefits, it is important for them to know whether their condition will qualify. 

The SSA typically gives Social Security benefits to people who have a qualifying disability. According to the Social Security Administration, people usually need to have a disability that keeps them from working. This may mean that people cannot do new kinds of work or that they can no longer perform their old job. Additionally, any qualifying disability generally needs to be long-lasting and affect a person’s life for one year or more.  

The SSA considers several different kinds of conditions which meet the requirements laid out above. The Social Security Administration says that several types of musculoskeletal conditions qualify for disability benefits. These conditions can be spinal disorders, such as osteoarthritis or spinal stenosis, and soft tissue injuries, as well as leg fractures and amputations. Most of the time, this musculoskeletal condition needs to interfere with a person’s ability to execute gross and fine motor skills or affect the way he or she walks. Additionally, the SSA also considers how much pain one of these conditions causes.

People do not always need to develop this kind of condition while performing their job. The SSA sometimes provides disability benefits when someone develops a condition because it is congenital or hereditary. However, many people need a doctor’s diagnosis, as well as X-rays or lab reports which demonstrate the extent of a condition.

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