Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Arthritis Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability

Arthritis is fairly prevalent in applications for social security disability benefits and applications for SSI disability benefits. And that's not surprisingly in the least. Most of us as we age will begin to feel, to some extent, the effects of arthritis since it is a degenerative condition. However, for some individuals, arthritis (whether its osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, or facet arthritis) can be crippling and disabling.

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What follows is an information background on arthritis:

Arthritis is a term given to a group of chronic inflammatory disorders that affect joints, such as fingers, toes, knees, elbows, hips, and shoulders. Some of the more common forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, gouty arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are autoimmune diseases that attack not only the joints but also other body organs such as skin, heart, blood vessels, lungs and muscles.

Psoriatic arthritis has most of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, along with significant skin and nail symptoms.

Gouty arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that is caused by a congenital disorder that prevents the body from metabolizing uric acid. The uric acid collects around joints forming crystals that cause the tissues around the join to become inflamed, resulting in severe pain, redness, and swelling. Although gouty arthritis usually begins in the big toe, seventy-five percent of all gouty arthritis usually spreads to other joints in the body such as knees, fingers, elbow, shoulders, and ankles.

The most common type of arthritis in the United States is osteoarthrits. In fact, statistics indicate that twenty one million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, consequently osteoarthritis accounts for about twenty five percent of all visits to primary care physicians in the United States. Osteoarthritis is an intermittent progressive degenerative joint disease, generally caused by trauma or over use of the joints (including hands, feet, hips, knees, or spine).

Osteoarthritis is attributed to the breakdown of the cartilage that protects the joints; this breakdown causes inflammation in the tissue surrounding the joint. Most of the damage caused by arthritis is irreversible; consequently most treatment involves medication to reduce pain and inflammation in an effort to improve joint mobility. Additionally, in more severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, and osteoarthritis, it may be necessary for an individual to have joints replaced.

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