Is arthritis classified as a disability?

is arthritis a disability

Arthritis is a painful condition that limits the range of motion in your joints. It can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite activities that involve running, jumping or heavy lifting, and it can also affect your ability to do your job. When arthritis limits your ability to get your work done, it’s possible to be classified as a disability.

If your arthritis is affecting your ability to work and you want to apply for Social Security disability benefits, your condition must meet the following criteria:

  • Persistent inflammation or deformity of one or more peripheral (joints in your extremities, like arms and legs) weight-bearing joints.

    OR
  • Inability to perform fine movements with one or more of your upper major peripheral joints.

    OR
  • Inflammation or deformity in one or more of the major peripheral joints that includes other symptoms, such as organ and body system issues or symptoms like fever or involuntary weight loss, or other conditions like spondylitis.

Does your arthritis fall under any of these categories? Even if it does not and you want to qualify for disability because it’s difficult or impossible to work, you can still try to prove your case to the Social Security Administration. Learn more about this process at Disability Benefits Help

Don’t let your disability disable your ability to enjoy life

Arthritis might affect your ability to work and could be classified as a disability, but you should still be able to enjoy your life as much as you can. Physical therapy can help address the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis to help you improve your range of motion. With physical therapy, you can get back to enjoying activities that involve many motions, such as going for a walk or tending your garden.

Physical therapists have a wide range of treatments they can use to help with your arthritis, including:

  • Gentle stretches and exercises
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Joint mobilization
  • Posture guidance
  • Patient education and more

Visit Franklin Rehabilitation for arthritis treatment

Do you have arthritis that is affecting your ability to work or enjoy your daily life? Our team at Franklin Rehabilitation can guide you through a personalized treatment routine to help you manage your condition. Contact our team today for more information about treating arthritis or to schedule an initial appointment