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Musculoskeletal Disorders: Filing for SSD

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) refer to injuries or pain that is located in one's joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and structures that support a person's limbs, neck and back.

MSDs are inflammatory conditions and degenerative diseases that make it difficult to perform normal, everyday activities. MSDs can affect several different body parts, including the entire length of the back, the neck, shoulder, and extremities (hands, arms, legs, and feet).

What causes MSDs?

MSDs can result from a variety of causes, many of which are work-related. Common causes of musculoskeletal disorders, include but are not limited to:

  • A sudden exertion
  • Lifting a heavy object
  • Making repetitive motions
  • Repeated exposure to force, vibration, or an unnatural posture

MSDs involve soft tissue; therefore, there are often no visible signs of an injury. It is not uncommon for activities involving carrying heavy loads to cause an acute injury, but most occupational-related MSDs are from repetitive motion or from maintaining a static motion.

The three risk factors for MSDs are:

  • Performing tasks with heavy force
  • Repetition
  • Maintaining an unnatural posture for extended periods

What are the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain?

People suffering from musculoskeletal pain sometimes experience aches and pains in their entire body. Their muscles can feel weak and as if they are sore and have been overworked. While symptoms vary from person to person, common symptoms include:

  • Muscle twitching
  • Muscle burning
  • Sleep problems
  • Fatigue
  • Pain

Do you have a SSD claim?

If you are suffering from a musculoskeletal disorder that is making it impossible for you to perform your functions at work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

Social Security pays benefits to people who are unable to work because they have a medical condition that is expected to least one year or result in death.

Certain musculoskeletal disorders are covered under the Listing of Impairments, which is a list that describes impairments considered severe enough to prohibit an individual from performing their work duties.

Listing of Impairments – Musculoskeletal System

On the Listing of Impairments, the following MSDs are considered severe enough to keep someone from engaging in any gainful activity:

Musculoskeletal Disorders: Resulting from hereditary, congenital, or acquired injuries. Such impairments may result from infection, inflammation, or degenerative processes, as well as traumatic or developmental events, toxic or metabolic diseases etc.

Joint Dysfunction: Loss of function as a result of joint or bone deformity. This also includes spinal disorders, amputations, fractures, soft tissue injuries, and burns requiring long periods of immobility or convalescence.

Spine Disorders: The inability to move effectively, including pain with an underlying musculoskeletal impairment, or the inability to perform gross motor movements effectively.

Amputation: The inability to move effectively or the inability to perform fine gross motor movements.

Fracture of the Femur, an Upper Extremity, Tibia, Pelvis, or One or More of the Tarsal Bones: The inability to move effectively or perform fine gross motor movements.

Soft Tissue Injuries: The inability to walk effectively, including the inability to initiate, sustain, or complete activities.

Contact Disability Action Advocates

If you are suffering from a musculoskeletal disorder, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. We urge you to pick up the phone to schedule a consultation with one of our Sacramento Social Security Disability attorneys. With over 17 years of experience handling thousands of cases, we are confident that we can help you too.

Applying for SSD benefits is no easy task, especially for a non-attorney. When your health and financial wellbeing are relying on valuable benefits, you cannot afford to encounter any unnecessary delays. Contact Disability Action Advocates (DAA) today to schedule your free case evaluation!


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