Functional limitations are severe hindrances to an individual’s ability to perform routine tasks. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you may have severely debilitating symptoms that affect your ability to perform routine tasks or work and earn a living. The symptoms of osteoarthritis can include pain, stiffness, joint tenderness, joint that appear larger than normal, limited range of movement, weakness, and crackling sensations in your joints. Osteoarthritis can make it difficult to perform jobs such as working retail, working in a warehouse, driving a truck, or working in a library.
Qualifying For Disability Benefits With A Functional Limitation
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, and it has made if difficult for you to work, you may qualify for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a medical guide called the Blue Book to determine eligibility. To qualify for osteoarthritis, your claim will be reviewed under Section 14.00, which is Immune System Disorders. To qualify per the listing, you must have persistent inflammation or deformity of major joints, inflammation or deformity of joints as well as organ systems, an inflammation or deformity of the spine and/or surrounding organs, or repeated manifestations of inflammatory arthritis that limits your social functioning, daily life, and movements.
If you cannot qualify per the listing, you can still qualify for disability through a medical vocational allowance. This approach is specific to you and your job. As an example, your ability to perform your duties as a truck driver with a osteoarthritis would be evaluated reviewing your functional limitations and your skills to see if you are able to perform that job, and if you cannot drive a truck anymore, if you can learn new skills and train to do another line of work, such as work in an office behind a desk.
What To Expect When Applying For Social Security Disability With A Medical Vocational Allowance
If you are using a medical vocational allowance with osteoarthritis, your physician will need to complete a residual functional capacity (RFC) form and provide supporting documentation. As an example, the RFC will detail your restrictions and limitations. As an example, if you are a trucker and have osteoarthritis that affects your back and legs, it may indicate that you cannot sit for more than two hours without having to reposition or take a break and move around.
The RFC may indicate that your pain is so severe you must take painkillers that cause dizziness and drowsiness keeping you from being able to operate a vehicle. Your age, transferrable skills, work history, and educational background are considered with your symptoms to determine if you can learn a new job.
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