April 19, 2018

Hip Pain and Social Security Disability

Hip degeneration or injuries can be very disabling. Over time, you may notice increased
inflammation, swelling, or significant pain. If you are unable to work because of a hip
impairment, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
If hip impairments or other conditions prevent you from working, you may want to consult an attorney right
away to discuss whether you should apply for disability benefits.

Do your injuries cause you to use a cane, walker, or wheelchair to get around? If your medical
provider has given you a prescription for one of these assistive devices, you should keep a copy.
That prescription can prove to Social Security that your assistive device is medically necessary.
The need for an assistive device can significantly reduce the number of jobs that can be
performed in a work setting. Social Security also evaluates disability claims using its Listing of
Impairments, which outlines certain criteria that Social Security can use to determine whether a
person is disabled. Typically, Social Security evaluates hip or joint impairments under Listing
1.02- Major Dysfunction of a Joint(s).

In order to prove the severity of your condition, objective testing such as MRIs, x-rays, or CT
scans are crucial. Additionally, medical records from surgeries, physical therapy, or injections
can show your current level of functioning. Social Security will consider limitations you have
sitting, standing, or walking that are caused by your hip impairments. It is important to show
Social Security that you are complying with your treatment plan, especially if your symptoms
are not resolving. If your limitations prevent you from performing or keeping a job, it may be in
your best interest to consult with an attorney to help you through the Social Security disability
process.  Hip degeneration is not the only  impairment that our office handles.  We represent clients with many disabling conditions such as back pain, diabetes, heart conditions, depression and anxiety along with many other disabling conditions.

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