Bursitis and Social Security Disability

Bursitis and Social Security Disability Benefits

Bursitis refers to the inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that acts a cushion between bones, tendons, joints and muscles. They are located around joints to reduce the friction during joint movement.

Bursitis Symptoms

The most common symptom associated with bursitis is pain. This pain may build up gradually or may be sudden and severe in nature. Other symptoms of bursitis include:

  • Calcium deposits in the joints (elbow, shoulder, hip, knee and/or Achilles tendon)
  • Severe loss of motion in the affected joint
  • Achiness and stiffness
  • Pain in afflicted area under pressure
  • Swelling and redness in the affected area
  • Bruising and/or rash in the affected area
  • Fever

Bursitis and Qualifying Criteria

In order to qualify for disability benefits your condition must match a listing in the SSA’s Blue Book—a guidebook of disabling conditions and criteria. Unfortunately, bursitis is not listed in the Blue Book.

This does not mean, however, that you cannot qualify for SSDI benefits. Instead of proving that your condition meets the criteria of one of the Blue Book listings, you must prove that your condition prevents you from performing any type of gainful work activity. If you can accomplish this, your application may be accepted as a vocational allowance.

The second option for those applying for disability benefits with bursitis is to apply under a separate listing. For example, if you suffer from bursitis as a result of inflammatory arthritis, gout, or scoliosis you may qualify under one of those listings instead.

It is important to collect medical records and documentation that support your condition. These are necessary because the SSA will need to see proof that you can no longer work due to your bursitis symptoms.

The Services of a Social Security Disability Attorney

Applying for disability benefits can be difficult to say the least. If you suffer from bursitis and wish to pursue a Social Security Disability claim, it may be in your best interest to retain the services of a Social Security Disability attorney. A professional will understand how to present your disability case in the best light possible, increasing your chances of approval.

Submitted by: Molly Clarke

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