Social Security Disability Conditions – Digestive System
Musculoskeletal System Disorders: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD)
is a payroll-funded program to supplement the income of those unable to work due to disability.
General Qualifications for SSD Eligibility
For you to be eligible for SSD, your disability must last for at least a year or be terminal. You must also be under age 65 to be eligible, as 65 is normally the age of Medicare eligibility.
To be eligible for SSD, you must have accumulated a prescribed number of Social Security credits (normally accumulated through work experience and payment into Social Security) during the 10 years immediately preceding disability. Requirements vary according to age, and if you suffer disability before age 23 you may be able to draw on your parents’ Social Security credits without affecting your parents’ eligibility for SSD.
Musculoskeletal System Disorders and SSD
Because your musculoskeletal system contains 206 bones and stretches from head to toe, there are many musculoskeletal disorders causing many different symptoms. Among the best known musculoskeletal system disorders are arthritis, bone cancer, leukemia, osteoporosis, and rickets.
Musculoskeletal system disorders can be the result of hereditary, congenital, or acquired pathologic causes. Bone or joint deformity or damage characteristic of musculoskeletal system disorders can result in serious loss of function, difficulty of movement, and pain.
If you have difficulties associated with a musculoskeletal system disorder that have lasted or are expected to last 12 months or more, and your disabling conditions are preventing you from engaging in substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for SSD benefits.
To be evaluated for disability, you will normally need to submit your medical history, a physical examination report, and a laboratory report confirming your diagnosis. Generally, you will be required to submit acceptable imaging and documentation concerning treatments you have received and the results of treatment.
If you haven’t received treatment, or have no record of treatment, evaluation will be based on current medical evidence.
For further information about disability conditions relating to disorders of the musculoskeletal system, click here.
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