Bursitis and Social Security Disability

A bursa is a tiny fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between the tissues in the body, generally located in the joints. Bursae provide a slick surface so there is no friction between your tendons and joints as your move around. Bursitis is a condition that occurs when a bursa becomes infected, inflamed, or irritated.

Bursitis typically occurs in major joints such as the knees, elbows, shoulders, and hips. The symptoms of bursitis include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Aches

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Bursitis

If your bursitis symptoms are severe, sitting, standing, and walking can become extremely difficult. In some cases, bursitis can make it nearly impossible to perform activities of daily living or any kind of work. Therefore, if you or a loved one suffers from bursitis, you want to apply for SSDI.

Although bursitis is not specifically listed in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Blue Book, an applicant’s symptoms may meet the qualifications of another listing.

Further Reading: What Conditions Qualify For Disability?

Qualifying for Social Security Disability with Bursitis

Many bursitis cases are evaluated as “Major Joint Dysfunction.” If your bursitis symptoms have caused chronic pain or immobility of a major joint, you may be eligible for disability benefits under “Major Joint Dysfunction.”

In order to qualify, your bursitis must be affecting your joints to the point that you are no longer able to perform the physical tasks necessary to work. To determine this, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • You are unable to walk at a reasonable pace without the assistance of medical equipment
  • You must have assistance traveling to school or work
  • You are unable to use your arms to reach, push, pull, grasp, or carry

Medical Evidence Necessary to Apply for SSD with Bursitis

To qualify for benefits, the applicant will need to provide medical documentation that proves major joint dysfunction limits his or her ability to work. This documentation can include:

  • Medical history of treatments and medications
  • Doctors’ notes detailing symptoms, history, and applicant’s ability to work
  • History of bursitis related hospitalizations
  • Any applicable medical images

Hiring a Social Security Attorney

Applying for disability benefits is never simple. Because bursitis is not specifically listed in the Blue Book, the application process may prove to be even more challenging. In order to qualify, you must provide thorough medical evidence. A Social Security Disability attorney can help you avoid making mistakes or overlooking important information.

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