How to Prove Arthritis is Disabling?

The CDC reports that 52.5 million (22.7%) of adults have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.
22.7 million (9.8% of all adults) have arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation.
But when does it become a disability? Complicated regulations apply, but always, proving
functional limitation is an integral part of proving a case.

Along with detailed medical records, it is helpful to have clear statements from doctors and witnesses about limitations in use of hands, use of arms or legs, and ability to sit, stand and walk. It is particularly important to note fine motor skill impairment, such as inability to hold a pen or coffee cup.

If repetitive motion exacerbates pain, this should be noted. There is a big difference in being able to lift something once and being able to lift multiple times during a day. If a person must lie down and rest for extended periods, it is important to have this noted in the medical records and letters of observation. The combined effect of arthritis and obesity should be considered where appropriate.

Social Security disability law asks whether a person is able to do full-time work on a predictable, consistent and productive basis. Ability to work on a hit-or-miss basis is not enough. Our office will work with you to be certain all the evidence is prepared and presented in the best possible way to win your client’s case.

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