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Osteoporosis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

The word “osteoporosis” means “porous bones”. Osteoporosis makes your bones weak and more likely to break. It causes your bones to become brittle. Your bones become so brittle that even mild stresses like bending over, coughing or sneezing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. It can affect any bone in your body, but especially those of your spine, hip and wrist. Osteoporosis is thought of as an older person’s disease. It can strike anyone at any age, however. Osteoporosis is often thought of as a women’s disease, but many men also suffer from this condition. However, women are four times more likely to get osteoporosis than men. Osteoporosis is a major heath threat in the United States. At the present time, 10 million people in America are estimated to have this disease. 8 million are women, and 2 million are men. Another 34 million people in the United States are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at an increased risk for getting osteoporosis. One of the problems with osteoporosis is that it is a silent disease. You cannot feel your bones getting weaker and weaker. Your may not know that you have osteoporosis until you fracture a bone. If you have a spinal fracture, this may be seen or felt at the beginning by the signs and symptoms of loss of height, severe back pain or spinal deformities like a stooped posture or kyphosis. However, a spinal fracture can occur without pain. The strength of your bones depends on their density and size. In most cases, your bones weaken when you have low levels of calcium, phosphorus and other minerals in your bones. Your bones lose their internal supporting structure. Your risk of getting osteoporosis depends on how much bone mass you acquired between the ages of 25 and 35. This is when you achieve your greatest bone mass. It also depends on how quickly you lose this bone mass later on in life. The more bone you have “in the bank” or the higher your peak bone mass, the less likely you are to get osteoporosis later in life. You or a loved one may have osteoporosis. You may need financial assistance. You or your loved one may have sought this help from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of your disability caused by osteoporosis. Were you or your loved one denied? If you or your loved one plans to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, you may need a disability lawyer like the one at Disability Case Review to represent you in this procedure. The reason for this is because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than people who do not have a lawyer.