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Osteonecrosis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Osteonecrosis is a disease that is caused by the temporary or permanent loss of the blood supply to an area of your bone that results in the death of bone tissue. This can then lead to tiny breaks developing in your bone and the eventual collapse of your bone. This may result in the collapse of the surface of your joint if this occurs near one of your joints. Osteonecrosis can develop in anyone at any age. It may affect children or the elderly. However, it occurs most often in people who are in their 30s, 40s and 50s. This disease affects both women and men, but it primarily affects men. Somewhere around 10,000 to 20,000 people get this disease each year in the United States. Approximately one in over 27,000 people in the United States has osteonecrosis. You or a loved one may be suffering with osteonecrosis. Osteonecrosis and/or complications caused by this disease or other ailments that you have along with it may have led to you or your loved one’s disability and need for financial assistance. You or your loved one may consider applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability resulting from osteonecrosis and/or complications caused by this disease or other ailments that you have along with it. You may have already applied and been denied by the Social Security Administration. If you or your loved one decides to reapply or appeal the denial, consider this important fact. People who have a disability attorney on their side like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability lawyer. Many times, osteonecrosis is caused by trauma to your bone that results from something like a fracture (broken bone) or dislocated joint. This is because the trauma causes damage to your blood vessels that bring blood to your bone. There are other things that may cause osteonecrosis. Some of these include: You may not experience any signs or symptoms at all in the early stages of osteonecrosis. However, osteonecrosis is a progressive disease. What this means is that it gets worse with the passage of time. The first sign or symptom that you will probably have is joint pain. As your pain begins, you usually only have the pain when you put weight on your joint that is affected. You may even have pain when you are resting as osteonecrosis progresses. You may also lose range of motion in your affected joint. Your pain will usually begin gradually. It may be anywhere from mild to severe. Your pain may get far worse if your bone and the surrounding surface of your joint collapse. Although the period of time from your first signs and symptoms to the loss of your joint function varies from person to person, it is usually anywhere from several months to over a year.