How does the Social Security Administration (SSA) describe a Musculoskeletal System Disorder?
The SSA describes musculoskeletal impairment as the inability to walk or move around effectively on a continued basis. This includes
- Any pain associated with the impairment
- Inability to perform fine and gross movements effectively
The duration of the musculoskeletal systems disorder must have lasted for at least a 12 month period or is expected to last for at least 12 months.
How does the SSA evaluate a Musculoskeletal System Disorder?
The SSA will determine whether an individual can essentially move or is able to perform fine and gross motor skills effectively based on the medical evidence.
What are some categories of Musculoskeletal System Disorders?
The following categories of musculoskeletal system disorders are described more in depth on the SSA’s website:
- Major dysfunction of joint(s):
- Bony or fibrous ankylosis
- Reconstructive surgery or surgical arthrodesis of a major weight-bearing joint
- Disorders of the spine:
- Herniated nucleus pulposus
- Spinal arachnoiditis
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet arthritis
- Vertebral fracture
- Fracture of the femur, tibia, pelvis, or one or more of the tarsal bones
- Fracture of an upper extremity
- Soft tissue injury:
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