in for spinal disorders and must have your osteoarthritis in your spine diagnosis of one the following below:
- Inflammation of the arachnoid membrane surrounding the nerves of the spinal cord that need you to change position or posture more than once every couple of hours.
- Narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar region can make it extremely difficult to walk.
- Compression of your spinal nerve root can limits the motion of your spine.
For more specific disability criteria information for back problems, see the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book Listing.
Can I Qualify for Disability Benefits for Joint Dysfunction Blue Book Listing?
Unfortunately, if your osteoarthritis does not meet the blue book listings due to having a disorder of the spine, but you may meet the listing for major dysfunction in your joint. In order for you to meet the listing, you must experience an obvious deformity in your joint: MRI medical image showing the joint space is narrowing, ankyloses in your joints fuse and destruction of the bone. You must show a history of stiffness, loss of motion in your joint and joint pain. However, your dysfunction must show in the following:
- With having one hip, ankle joint or knee can make it extremely hard to walk, for instance cannot walk without two crutches or two canes, unable to climb a couple of stairs at a reasonable stride in using the handrail, or unable to work or go to the grocery store without having someone to help you.
- If you find one of your shoulder, wrist, elbow, or hand is making it very difficult to use your hands effectively. For instance, if you need someone else help in order to complete activities, like feeding yourself, taking care of personal hygiene, sorting and maintain papers or files, or preparing meals.
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