Arthropathy and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
The term, arthropathy, comes from two Greek words that mean joint and disease or feeling. Arthropathy is a blanket term that is used to refer to joint diseases.
There are several different forms of arthropathy. Some of the more common forms are Charcot, facet, crystal, diabetic, reactive, enteropathic and neurogenic arthropathy. These are due to a variety of causes, and they have to have different approaches to treat them.
The incidence and prevalence of the various forms of arthropathy are not known. This is because arthropathy is usually secondary to an underlying disease.
Women are more likely to have arthropathy than men. It is far more common in people over the age of 40 than in children or young adults.
As mentioned earlier, there are a variety of causes for arthropathy depending on what form of the disorder that you have. Heredity, injury, fractures or overuse are possible causes for various forms of arthropathy.
There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of getting some form of arthropathy. These include:
Obesity or being overweight
Having a metabolic disorder
Participation in a competitive contact sport.
The signs and symptoms that you may experience with arthropathy will be different according to the root cause of your disorder and what type of arthropathy that you have.
With some forms of arthropathy you will feel stiffness and pain around the affected joints. However, with other forms of this disorder you may have a loss of feeling or sensation around the affected joints because of nerve damage. Other signs and symptoms, depending on the type of arthropathy that you have, are joint deformity, instability, swelling and dislocation.
Your doctor will probably do a complete physical exam and want to know about your signs and symptoms in order to diagnose your arthropathy. He or she will likely check for underlying conditions and want to rule out other possible causes of your signs and symptoms. There are diagnostic tests that will help to do this. These include:
You or your loved one may have been diagnosed with arthropathy. This disorder and/or complications arising from or in conjunction with it may be why you are disabled and not able to work.
Your may need help if this is your situation. You may need financial assistance.
Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by arthropathy and/or complications resulting from or in conjunction with it? Were you or your loved one denied?
If you decide to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, think about this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find here are approved more often than people without a lawyer.