Listing of Impairments – Musculoskeletal – Arthritis | St. Petersburg Social Security Disability Lawyer

According to the Arthritis Foundation website, arthritis is the most common cause of disability.

There are over 100 kinds of arthritis and you would think there would be a listing for arthritis. You would be wrong!

Arthritis is an inflammation of a joint, like your hip, knee, wrists, or even fingers. It can present with redness, puffiness, or swelling and pain. A great site to learn about arthritis is

The medline article explains the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of arthritic conditions.

Since there is no listing per se, a Social Security Disability applicant will have meet 1.02 Major dysfunction of a joint (due to any cause). There must be gross anatomical deformity with chronic joint pain and stiffness with limitation of motion. There must be findings on tests like x-rays that show joint narrowing, bony destruction or fusion of the joint.

If the arthritic condition involves the hip, knee, or ankle, you must have significant difficulty walking.

If the arthritic condition involves your shoulder, elbow or wrist/hand, you must be unable to perform fine or gross movements with your hands.

More likely, the key to winning a case with an arthritic condition is having your doctor file out a residual functional disability form documenting your physical limitations with walking and use of your hands or upper extremities. Don’t forget to explain your pain and any side effects of your medication.

For more information on Listing 1.00, click here. You should also visit

Consult experienced Tampa Bay area Social Security Disability lawyers Nancy Cavey or Sharon Barrett to learn more about your rights to social security benefits if you suffer from arthritis. They can be contacted by clicking here or by calling 727-897-9117.

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