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Social Security Disability For Musculoskeletal Disorders

The Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies impairments into fourteen categories, including one for musculoskeletal disorders. This grouping includes a wide range of issues, as it covers dysfunction related to bones, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue. This can get confusing, however, because the conditions are designated based on cause, as opposed to effect.

The best way to start your disability claim is to have a free consultation with a social security disability attorney. Miller Disability Law, P.C. knows how the system works, and can help you understand your own case better. Each claim is unique, and we will take time with yours, and help you get the benefits you have earned.

Social Security Disability For Musculoskeletal Disorders

Types of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Within the SSA’s musculoskeletal category, there are four main subdivisions: Amputations, fractures, joint disorders, and spine disorders.

To qualify for disability benefits, these medical conditions must be pretty extreme. For amputation disability, more than one limb must be affected. Otherwise you must prove that a prosthetic device does not enable you to work.

Fractures, joint disorders, and spine disorders require you to show the probability of missing work for at least one full year.

Other conditions that have the potential to satisfy Social Security Disability Insurance requirements include:

  • Anterior Poliomyelitis
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Carpal or Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated or Ruptured Discs
  • Hip or Knee Replacement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paralysis
  • Reflex Sympathetic Disorder
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Torn ACL

Establishing Eligibility for Disability Benefits

Whether the condition is congenital, hereditary, or acquired, musculoskeletal impairments are all recognized as debilitating. However, even with a musculoskeletal disorder diagnosis, you still have to prove the condition prevents you from earning gainful employment.


If you have not yet received an official diagnosis for your condition, you need to do that before moving forward. When you submit your application, remember you are building a foundation for your case. You will need to provide as much supporting evidence as possible to prove your case, including information regarding prescribed treatments.

Supporting Documentation

You will need the written diagnosis from your doctor, and all medical records, scans, or lab work related to the diagnosis. This includes any and all X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs that can support your claim.

If you require any type of assistance for daily tasks, include a written statement for that, as well. It can be helpful to have loved ones provide witness statements about your declining abilities.

Social Security Attorney for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Appealing the Decision

It’s not unusual for legitimate disability claims to be denied the first time around. Of the cases denied, most are usually approved when appealed with the legal guidance of an experienced social security disability attorney.

Benefits of Legal Representation

SSDI attorneys are familiar with the SSA disability determination process and know how to prove a disability. Furthermore, we know how to present your case for a favorable outcome, awarding you the benefits you have earned and need.

Miller Disability Law, PC. are dedicated to all who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, and we promise to advocate for you. Call or schedule an appointment online for your free consultation.

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