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Musculoskeletal Disorders that Qualify for Social Security Disability

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What musculoskeletal disorders qualify for Social Security Disability?


The musculoskeletal system gives the body a frame. In addition to a skeleton and muscles, it comprises tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, joints and cartilage.  Through the working together of muscles and joints the body is able to move and perform actions. Numerous problems can affect the functioning of any part of the musculoskeletal system but for the purpose of determining Social Security Disability (SSD, also known as Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI) benefits, the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book states:

  • Your disability must be expected to last for at least one year.
  • The musculoskeletal disorder must stem from a physical impairment, and not a mental one.
  • The social security disability examiner will determine benefits based on the individual’s ability to ambulate effectively or perform various movements based on medical evidence.


The Blue Book lists a number of musculoskeletal disorders that can qualify for disability benefits. If you are an exact fit in any one of these specifications you are automatically awarded disability benefits. Benefits will start 5 months after your disability began and you can be given back pay.


If your musculoskeletal disorder is not listed in the Blue Book, but you are not able to work at any job because of your disability then the best option you have for receiving benefits is to contact a social security disability lawyer who can guide you through the whole process.


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