Whether you’re applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you want to know which types of disabilities are most likely to be approved.
The most common conditions involve the musculoskeletal system and connective tissues. These include arthritis and degenerative disc disease, both of which can limit a person’s mobility and agility.
Arthritis is a group of diseases that cause joint pain and stiffness. It can also affect other body parts, including the eyes and internal organs.
There are many types of arthritis, but they all damage the joint lining, causing inflammation and stiffness. This can result in permanent damage to the joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis (also called rheumatism) and osteoarthritis are the most common forms of this condition. Both involve the immune system, a group of tissues that help fight disease.
When you have rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks your joints, causing damage to the lining of the joint. It can also damage the ligaments that keep your joints stable.
If severe symptoms prevent you from working, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, your claim must be well-presented to the SSA. The agency uses a complex formula to assess your symptoms and treatment options. You must show that your rheumatoid arthritis is consistent, untreatable and severely debilitating to be approved for disability.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people than any other disease. It’s a complex condition that can be prevented with lifestyle changes and medication.
The heart is divided into two upper chambers (atria) and two lower chambers (ventricles). In the right side of the heart, blood moves to the lungs through blood vessels called pulmonary arteries.
Treatments for heart disease include medications, lifestyle changes and surgery or other procedures. They vary depending on the type and severity of your condition.
Your doctor will review your medical and family history, perform a physical exam, and run tests. They may also order x-rays or CT scans of your chest to get a better look at the heart.
If your doctor believes you have a heart condition, they can complete a form that Social Security uses to evaluate your disability claim. This form, called a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form, is important evidence for your disability claim. It will help the SSA reviewer understand your functional abilities and what you can do for work.
DDD is a form of back pain that develops due to the deterioration of the intervertebral discs in the spine. These soft compressible discs are between the vertebrae and absorb shock to keep your back flexible and straight.
Degeneration in the discs causes changes in the nucleus pulposus and annular fibrosis, which are the inner and outer layers of the spinal disc. The discs can crack or dry when this happens, and a patient experiences intense back pain.
Symptoms vary from person to person. Some people may have no symptoms, while others may experience pain restricting their movement and ability to do their daily activities.
Depending on the extent of the problem, DDD is treated with physical therapy and medication. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to help relieve the pain and stiffness.
Intellectual disabilities are a group of conditions that begin any time before a person turns 18 years old and can be caused by injury, disease, or a problem in the brain. They can also be related to certain genetic conditions, such as Down and fragile X syndrome.
A person with an intellectual disability can have a normal or high IQ but may have difficulties learning and developing social skills and self-care abilities. This disability often results from illness or a congenital disability or can be caused by exposure to drugs, alcohol or toxins.
People with intellectual disabilities may require medical treatment, therapy, or other services to help them learn new skills and live productively in their communities. Their support can come from family, friends, co-workers, a service system or a physician team.