SSD Benefits Determined by Your Musculoskeletal System Abilities
Frank J. Dito, Jr.
A serious musculoskeletal disorder is classified as one that severely impacts your ability to ambulate for a reasonable distance. If you cannot walk for a period of time or over a certain distance, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
The same idea goes for assessing the impact of an upper body musculoskeletal system disorder. Any disorder that impairs your ability to perform gross motor skills with your arms, such as pushing, pulling, or grasping may also qualify you for Social Security disability benefits.
The purpose of Social Security disability benefits is to provide financial assistance to those whose disabilities prevent them from engaging in substantial gainful activity. Especially when your former occupation and job training involved manual labor, a musculoskeletal system disorder can be devastating to your ability to work.
Some common disorders include those that impair the spine, such as herniated discs, or those that typically come with age or past injury, such as arthritis. Any disorder that affects the joints also may qualify for disability status, as do many types of fractures.
The musculoskeletal system makes up all the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves that support the body's ability to walk and move extremities. Because many jobs involve walking and moving your arms, a serious disorder of your musculoskeletal system can severely impact your ability to work.
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