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Osteoarthritis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Osteoarthritis is a medical condition in which low-grade inflammation results in pain in your joints. This is caused by abnormal wearing of the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside of your joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Almost 21 million people in America suffer with osteoarthritis. This medical condition accounts for 25% of all the visits to the doctor’s office, and 50% of all non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug prescriptions. There are two types of osteoarthritis, primary and secondary.  Primary osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disorder that is related to aging, but is not caused by aging.  There are people well into their nineties who have no functional or clinical signs of the disease.  Secondary osteoarthritis is caused by other diseases or factors, but the medical results are the same as for primary osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is also characterized by the destruction or decrease of synovial fluid that lubricates those joints. As the bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, you experience pain upon weight bearing, including standing and walking. Since there is less movement because of the pain, your ligaments may become more lax and regional muscles may atrophy. Osteoarthritis (OA) is also known by other names. It is also referred to as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease. The primary sign or symptom of osteoarthritis is chronic pain that causes loss of mobility and possibly stiffness. The pain is usually a sharp ache or a burning sensation in your surrounding muscles and tendons. Osteoarthritis can cause a crackling noise (called "crepitus") when your affected joint is touched or moved, and you may experience contractions in your tendons and muscle spasm. Sometimes, your joints fill with fluid. Humid weather increases the pain in many people. Theoretically, any joint in your body can be affected, but osteoarthritis usually affects your hands, feet, knees, hips and spine. Osteoarthritis may be the reason that you or a loved one is unable to work. This condition may be the cause of you or your loved one’s disability. If this is the case, do you or your loved one need help? Do you need financial help? Where will that financial assistance come from? Who can you turn to? Who will help you? 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 osteoarthritis? Were you or your loved one denied? You or your loved one may decide to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you do, remember this. You or your loved one may need a disability lawyer like the one you can find here to help you in this process. This is true because people who are represented by a dependable disability attorney are approved more often than those people who are not represented by a lawyer.