Basic Arthritis Facts
The arthritis foundation reports that roughly 46 million adults and 300,000 children in the U.S. suffer from some form of arthritis, a condition that produces pain and compromised movement in a patient’s joints.
There are roughly 100 distinct conditions that fall under the broad “arthritis” diagnosis and although these conditions most commonly affect senior citizens, arthritis can appear in teenagers, young adults and even infants.
There is a similarly broad set of symptoms and limitations that patients commonly experience with their varied forms of arthritis – some more mild and easily treatable, and others more severe.
In fact, treatment of rheumatoid arthritis could require surgery, medications and changes to diet and physical activity.
Like other conditions, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider a broad range of factors when weighing an applicant’s case. Generally speaking, arthritis that prevents an applicant from working for at least 12 months could qualify him or her for disability benefits.
A candid discussion with one of our skilled attorneys will give you a better sense of where you stand and what your chances for receiving benefits are before you begin the application process.
Obtaining The Benefits You Need
Arthritis can lead to significant complications, especially arthritis in the wrists, knees, ankles and hands. Pain and compromised movement in these critical joints can prevent people from enjoying recreational activities and from performing required functions at work.
If you are unable to work due to arthritis, you should contact our lawyers to learn more about applying for Social Security Disability benefits in Knoxville.