Getting Social Security Disability for Arthritis of the Hand
Can I get Social Security disability for arthritis of the hand? The reason why you are asking this question is probably because you have arthritis of the hand, and it and/or complications along with it are the reason why you are disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance.
Arthritis is a disorder that can be disabling. It is marked by inflammation of one or more of your joints. Some of the things that are associated with arthritis are swelling, restriction of motion, pain, changes in structure and stiffness.
Your hand and wrist have several small joints. You can use and move your hand when these joints work together. When you have the use of your hand, you are able to do delicate, intricate things, such as lacing up your shoes, threading a needle or threading fishing line on your rod and reel.
Arthritis of the hand can occur in several different areas of your hand. Everyday activities that you take for granted can become hard or impossible to do when you have arthritis of the hand.
Osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis that is most common with arthritis of the hand. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that results from an infection in one of your joints, trauma to one of your joints or it can simply be caused by aging.
In some cases, arthritis of the hand is rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a systemic inflammatory condition.
There are several signs and symptoms that may be an indication of arthritis of the hand. Some of these include:Pain that is dull and not sharp at the start of the disorderPain that may be burningA feeling of warmth when you touch the affected jointSwelling of the affected jointA feeling of looseness in your affected jointChanges in your neighboring jointsThe development of small mucous cystsA sensation of grating or grinding in your affected joint (crepitation)Pain that gets worse when you use the affected joint and gets better when you rest it.
When you have advanced arthritis of the hand, you may experience pain, even when you are resting the affected joint and not using it.
Arthritis of the hand develops when your joints lose cartilage. Your cartilage becomes worn or damaged as you get older. However, you can also lose cartilage as a result of disease or some type of trauma. Your joint does not have a mobile area of motion any longer when this occurs.
Your body produces synovial fluid in the lining of your affected joint as a way of trying to adjust to your loss of cartilage. This may seem good, but the synovial fluid causes your joint to swell. When this happens, you experience pain.
Again, arthritis of the hand and/or complications along with this disorder may be why you are disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. If you have applied for Social Security disability and been denied, call the disability attorney at disabilitycasereview.com, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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