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Social Security Disability for arthritis and other conditions

Each year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides exhaustive statistical detail about its programs. In 2011, the Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program reported on the most common conditions for which benefits are paid to disabled workers, widows and widowers. By far the most frequent disabilities involved the musculo-skeletal system and connective tissue, with arthritis being one of the most common conditions. As of December, 2011, 2,488,374 persons or slightly more than one-quarter of all beneficiaries received Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for musculo-skeletal disorders.

A picture of one group of SSD recipients

What do we know about this group of SSD recipients? First, almost half of them are age 50-59. Second, the numbers of men and women receiving SSD benefit are roughly equal, with 32.2 percent being men and 35.8 being women. The greatest percentage of recipients lives in Alabama and North Carolina.

The percentage of people receiving SSD benefits for musculo-skeletal conditions has increased in recent years. In 1990, the 20.8 percent of recipients were diagnosed with musculo-skeletal disorders. In 2011, 29.0 percent received benefits because of this type of disability. The average monthly benefit for workers receiving SSD for musculo-skeletal conditions was $1,157.

Examples of musculo-skeletal disorders

Just what are musculo-skeletal disorders? Some of the most common are:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disorders of the spine
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • RSD, or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Ruptured disc

If you are unable to work because of a musculo-skeletal condition such as arthritis and are having trouble obtaining SSD benefits, do what countless others have done. Call America's most successful disability advocates at Binder & Binder, a nationwide disability advocacy company. We have helped thousands of people just like you get the benefits they need and deserve.

Source: Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2011.

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