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Osteoarthritis makes everyday life difficult. From struggling to get out of bed in the morning to feeling pain with every movement, this condition makes it impossible for many to hold down a job. If you are unable to work because of osteoarthritis, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
At Horn & Kelley, PC Attorney at Law, we help clients in Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and northwest IN, area navigate the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Here’s what you should know before you call.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent type of arthritis. This condition is characterized by degraded cartilage. Over time, the cartilage around your bones may wear down so much that your bones are left unprotected and begin to grind against each other, and your joints are bone-on-bone.
You may have osteoarthritis if you suffer from the following symptoms:
- Joint pain when you move
- Reduced range of motion in affected joints
- Clicking or cracking noises during movement
- Tenderness when you touch joints
- Bone spurs on affected joints
If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, visit your doctor to get a medical and radiology evaluation. A diagnosis will give legitimacy to your claim.
Treatment and Outlook
Unfortunately, no cure has been found yet for osteoarthritis. That said, lifestyle changes, medication, and surgery may help you manage your symptoms enough that you can return to work. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of adding pain relievers, physical therapy, cortisone injections, or joint replacement to your treatment program.
What Are the Criteria for Social Security Disability Claims for Osteoarthritis?
The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is complex, which is why so many applications are denied. Whether you’re applying for the first time or appealing a denied claim, we can work with you to improve your chances of success.
Call 888-921-5297 for a consultation to see if Horn & Kelly, PC can help you. We have offices in Tinley Park, La Grange, and Chicago, IL, and also in Highland, IN, to better serve northwest Indiana.