Clients Success Stories: Disability Benefits for Musculoskeletal Disorders
Plus additional resources on getting disability benefits for Musculoskeletal Disorders
There are major changes to how Social Security evaluates musculoskeletal disorders. In this blog, we highlight some of the major changes that will impact Social Security disability claimants.Read More
Painful disc damage in her neck and back paired with debilitating PTSD, Charlene filed for SSDI. Like most, she was denied. She called Balin Law and recommends you do the same.
Here is her story.
Laura was certain she’d win her disability case as her doctors said she couldn’t work. After being denied, she hired Balin Law and won. Read her story.Read More
Balin Law won Kathleen’s case the first time around. Kathleen suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis and depression. Read Kathleen’s story.Read More
Tanya had multiple back surgeries, rheumatoid arthritis and vision impairment due to her medications. She knew she needed help, so she contacted Balin Law. Read Tanya’s story.Read More
What Social Security lists for Musculoskeletal Disorders
Musculoskeletal Disorders that may qualify for disability benefits are evaluated under Section 1.00 of Social Security’s Listing of Impairments – Adult Listings.
Per Social Security, these conditions are “disorders of the skeletal spine (vertebral column) or of the upper or lower extremities that affect musculoskeletal functioning under these listings.” They note that “skeletal” refers to “structure of the bony skeleton”, and “skeletal spine” refers to “the bony structures, ligaments, and discs making up the spine”. Social Security adds that “Musculoskeletal disorders may be congenital or acquired, and may include deformities, amputations, or other abnormalities. These disorders may involve the bones or major joints; or the tendons, ligaments, muscles, or other soft tissues.”
A few examples of the many impairments evaluated for disability benefits under this section include:
- Chronic joint pain or stiffness
- Hip replacements
- Knee replacements
- Back pain
- Spinal fusions
- Back surgery
- Bulging or ruptured disks
- Herniated disk
- Slipped disks
- Spinal osteoarthritis (spondylosis)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Vertebral fracture or dislocation
- Ruptured tendons
- Non-healing or complex fractures of the femur, tibia, pelvis, or one or more of the talocrural bones
Related Disabilities evaluated in other sections include:
Disorder or injury of the skeletal spine that results in damage to, and neurological dysfunction of, the spinal cord and its associated nerves (for example, paraplegia or quadriplegia) under the listings in 11.00.
Inflammatory arthritis (for example, rheumatoid arthritis) under the listings in 14.00.
Curvatures of the skeletal spine that interfere with your ability to breathe under the listings in 3.00, impair myocardial function under the listings in 4.00, or result in social withdrawal or depression under the listings in 12.00.
Non-healing or pathological fractures due to cancer, whether it is a primary site or metastases, under the listings in 13.00.
Leg pain associated with peripheral vascular claudication and foot ulceration associated with peripheral arterial disease under the listings in 4.00.
Burns that do not require continuing surgical management under the listings in 8.00.