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Bone Spurs and Social Security Disability

Bone Spurs and Social Security Disability Benefits

Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are bony growths that can occur along the edges of a bone. Bone spurs typically form as a result of swelling or damage in and around joints. Most commonly, bone spurs are caused by arthritis.

Bone Spurs Symptoms

The symptoms of bone spurs can vary from case to case and largely depend on the location and severity of the growth. Symptoms commonly associated with bone spurs include:

  • Weakness in the extremities
  • Numbness in the affected area and surrounding area
  • Severe back pain
  • Severe neck pain
  • Restricted mobility
  • Pain radiating from the arms and legs
  • Tendonitis

Bone Spurs and Qualifying Criteria

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a guide known as the Blue Book to evaluate Social Security Disability applicants. The Blue Book lists all qualifying conditions and the criteria associated with them.

Unfortunately, bone spurs do not have their own listing in the SSA’s Blue Book. However, you may still be able to receive SSDI or SSI benefits if your case of bone spurs is severe. Depending on where your bone spurs are located, you may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits under other Blue Book listings such as:

  • Section 1.02: Dysfunction of a Joint
  • Section 1.04: Disorders of the Spine

In order to qualify for benefits under these listings you will need to prove to the SSA that your condition meets the criteria that have been set forth in these listings.

You may also be able to qualify for disability benefits based on a vocational allowance. In order to do this, you will need to prove that you are unable to perform any type of gainful work activity due to your disabling condition.

The Services of a Social Security Disability Attorney

If the condition that you are suffering from is not listed in the SSA’s Blue Book, it can be difficult to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Because of this you will want to retain the services of a disability attorney who is familiar with getting such cases approved. Statistics show that applicants who retain legal representation are more likely to be awarded benefits than those who do not.

To learn more about retaining a Social Security attorney and to receive a free evaluation of your Social Security Disability claim due to bone spurs, click here.

Submitted by: Molly Clarke