Musculoskeletal Disorders: Problems with Bones, Joints and Tissues
Orthopedics is defined as a branch of medicine concerned with a correction or prevention of deformities, disorders or injuries of the skeleton and associated structures (such as tendons and ligaments). Orthopedics covers a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions that are either present from birth, or may occur as the result of an injury or age-related wear and tear. Because of the large numbers of individuals who apply for Social Security Disability based on an orthopedic injury, this page is intended to give an overview of conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. There are several other pages dedicated to specific orthopedic conditions in this section. Some of the more common conditions include:
- Joint pain;
- Bone fractures;
- Soft issue (muscle, tendon and ligaments) injuries;
- Back pain;
- Neck pain;
- Shoulder pain and problems, such as bursitis;
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Overuse and sports injuries, including tendinitis, meniscus tears and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Congenital conditions such as scoliosis.
X-rays are the most common diagnostic imaging technique, however, if an injury involves soft tissue, a CT scan or an MRI may be required to make a diagnosis.
Treatment can vary based on the diagnosis. It could be as simple as resetting a bone or injections for a painful joint. Or it could be as complex as surgery and a long period of physical rehabilitation and/or pain management. Extreme injuries may require an assistive device such as a walker or wheelchair or even a spinal cord stimulator to alleviate pain.
Often, after an injury is corrected, it is the residual pain that can be disabling. Poor pain control is often the main cause of an inability to maintain full time employment. Pain may restrict your ability to sit for long periods or stand or walk for any distance. These limitations are important to winning your Social Security Disability case.
With over 40 years of experience, Binder and Binder has won thousands of cases involving orthopedic injuries. We know what we’re doing. We know you are in pain and may not be able to take on the government by yourself. That’s our job and that’s why we say, “We’ll deal with the government. You have enough to worry about!”