Disability insurance and Disorders of Muscle  

Muscle disorders often result from unhealthy neurons which die off and cause the muscles to break down causing widespread pain and weakness. Research shows that muscle and bone disorders affect each other so much that when one muscle or bone develops problems, other parts of the body may suffer. Doctors often diagnose the condition by performing blood tests, biopsies, or EMGs. Common treatments for muscle disorders include physical therapies, use of medications and orthopedic devices (in some cases). 

Getting disability benefits for Muscle disorders 

Individuals with muscle disorders can get disability benefits from Social Security provided the disability prevents them from working for at least a year. Because various problems can arise with the muscles and ligaments, there are several disability listings in this category. 

Qualifying for Sciatica – Sciatica is a term used to refer to a symptom of a medical condition characterized by constant pain on one side of the buttock which often radiates to the leg, foot, and toes. Qualifying for benefits with Sciatica alone can be hard. To qualify for benefits with sciatica, you must have evidence that shows your condition is severe. The SSA will determine, through an RFC assessment, how the impairment affects your ability to do your past job or any work-related activities. For instance, people living with sciatica usually experience problems sitting for long periods; as a result, Social Security may conclude you are capable of doing sedentary jobs, and you will not receive disability benefits. However, if there are no jobs you can do due to your functional limitations, you will qualify for disability benefits. If you experience chronic pain due to sciatica, you can also qualify for benefits. Because pain is subjective, and it can be hard to provide objective evidence, the SSA requires that you provide a detailed description of how the pain impacts to abilities to work. You should also endeavor to include evidence which shows the efforts you’ve made to treat your condition. 

Qualifying for Piriformis syndrome – Piriformis syndrome is a disorder which affects the piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve causing pain in the lower back and hips. Because the major impairment patients experience is the pain, and Social Security usually requires the existence of a physical impairment, meeting a disability listing with piriformis can be hard. You may qualify for benefits if your condition prevents you from doing your previous job or any work-related activities. The SSA will review your medical and nonmedical records to determine the level of exertion you can do in spite of your disability. If you possess the abilities to do some level of work (maybe sedentary), you will not get disability benefits; however, if there are no jobs you can do, you will qualify for disability benefits.    

Qualifying for Whiplash – Whiplash refers to neck sprain which occurs due to sudden movement of the neck, especially during an accident. Most cases of whiplash heal with time but a few exceptions may lead to a disability. To qualify for benefits with a whiplash, you must prove that you meet a disability listing, or are unable to work due to functional limitations. Common symptoms include spinal involvement, neck pain, headaches, chronic fatigue, all of which can interfere with a person’s ability to do work. If you can prove that your impairment imposes equivalent limitations on you as one of the disability listings, you may qualify for benefits in that category. If you do not meet any of the disability listings but can prove that these symptoms prevent you from doing any work, you will get your benefits. 

Qualifying for Muscular Dystrophy (MD) – MD refers to a group of genetic diseases of the muscles which cause the latter to suffer irreversible damage. Muscular Dystrophy may also affect other organs like the eyes, mouth, lungs and the heart. Although there is no cure, several medications and therapies can be used to control symptoms and improve the quality of life. The SSA provides a special listing for MD under section 11.13; you will qualify for benefits if you meet the disability listing. The SSA requires that you have disorganization of muscle function along with marked limitation in either (1) thinking, remembering, and following instructions (2) finishing tasks within a reasonable space of time (3) managing oneself, or (4) interacting with others. You should endeavor to provide the SSA with enough medical records including DNA tests, nerve conduction studies, biopsies, and your physician’s report. If you do not meet the listing, Social Security will conduct an RFC assessment to determine if you qualify for benefits on a medical vocational allowance basis. If your work experience, level of education, and functional limitations prove that you possess the abilities to do any job, you will not qualify for benefits. However, if your condition prevents you from carrying out any work-related activities, you will get a medical vocational allowance. 

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