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Social Security Disability Descriptions: Knee Pain

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

Knee pain is a common condition that can affect people of all ages. You may develop knee pain from a natural condition, or it may be the result of a serious injury or illness. Depending on the severity and duration of your knee pain, you may need a New York Social Security disability lawyer to assist you in filing and proving your Social Security disability benefits claim.

Symptoms of Knee Pain

Knee pain can come in a variety of forms and symptoms. Each individual experiences their pain differently depending on location, activity and cause.

The common symptoms of knee pain which may make you eligible for Social Security benefits include: 

  • weakness or instability;
  • swelling and stiffness;
  • popping or crunching noises when flexing;
  • "locking" of the knee joint;
  • inability to fully extend the leg at the knee;
  • redness and warmth to the touch; and
  • inability to bear weight on the leg.

You should see a doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms on a regular basis or have fallen because your knee "locked up" or "gave out" while walking. If you experience a fever in addition to swelling or redness of your knee, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

 Causes of Debilitating Knee Pain


Injuries and accidents are the most common causes of knee pain and can often result in disabling conditions that may require a New York Social Security disability lawyer to help you file for Social Security disability benefits. A knee injury can result from many accidents such as a slip and fall, sports injuries and car accidents.

Knee pain can also result from natural means, such as aging or genetic abnormalities. Arthritis is a common cause of knee pain, even in younger patients, and can be covered under Social Security disability benefits if it is serious enough to be considered disabling. There are also some diseases such as Osteochondritis dissecans where cartilage and a thin layer of bone in the knee become loose.

Knee Pain as a Condition for Social Security Disability Benefits

When you are seeking Social Security disability benefits because of knee pain, you must be able to prove that the pain is persistent for more than 12 months or expected to last that long. You also must be able to show that the pain prevents you from performing substantial gainful activity.

A New York Social Security disability lawyer can assist you with filing your initial Social Security disability benefits claim and can help you with providing the medical proof of your knee pain. In the event your claim is denied, your lawyer can help you appeal the decision and fight for your benefits.

Contacting a Brooklyn Social Security Disability Lawyer 

Before you file your Social Security disability claim, be sure to take advantage of this complimentary consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. Contact a New York Social Security disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. for help in building your disability claim at 800-310-5520.