Musculoskeletal system disorders are the most common disabling condition among people receiving SSDI benefits. More than 26% of claimants who receive benefits claimed a musculoskeletal system disorder.
What Is a Musculoskeletal System Disorder?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this type of disorder as loss of function due to bone or joint deformity or destruction, spine disorders, amputation, fractures and soft tissue injuries, and soft tissue injuries that involve a long convalescent period for recovery.
What Constitutes Disability for Musculoskeletal System Disorders?
In order to have loss of function in the SSA’s opinion, people may have:
- An inability to walk for a prolonged period of time
- Pain with movement
- Inability to perform fine and gross movements for a sustained period of time
And the inability to perform as well as the pain must be due to physical causes.
Examples of Musculoskeletal System Disorders
Some of the more recognizable musculoskeletal disorders that can lead to disability include:
- Disorders of the spine
- Broken bones (esp. femur, tibia, or pelvis)
- Soft tissue injury (such as burns)
The Disability Determination Service (DDS) has procedures in place that help them determine when you qualify for these benefits.
If you want to learn more about qualifying for SSDI benefits on the basis of a musculoskeletal system disorder, please contact us for a free eligibility screening.
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