The Arthritis Foundation has deemed May 2017 as the Arthritis Awareness Month, a fitting time to consider the family of arthritic conditions and their impact on the ability to work. Today we will look at Rheumatoid Arthritis. How does the social security administration assess claims for social security disability benefits based upon Rheumatoid Arthritis?

First let’s consider just what Rheumatoid Arthritis is. UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Rheumatology Department notes that Rheumatoid Arthritis affects approximately 1.3 million Americans and is is the most crippling form of arthritis. It commonly strikes hands, wrists, feet, ankles, knees, shoulders, and elbow joints with inflammation, pain, and in more advanced cases, actually structural deformity and damage. Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis requires the experience and knowledge of a rheumatologist, and includes the following:

Positive “RA factor” (a blood test)
Morning stiffness of extended duration and length (over 1 hour at least)
Joint inflammation of an extended period
Structural joint changes and/or presence of arthritis in joint found on x-rays
Dallas rheumatologist Scott Zashin, M.D. indicates that a newer blood test-the Arthritisanti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibody test – is now available to assist in Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis. The Dallas Fort Worth area is fortunate to have many skilled and well qualified rheumatologists to help ameliorate the symptoms and progression of rheumatoid arthritis, but unfortunately many still find themselves unable to continue to work.

So can you receive social security disability benefits in Dallas Texas based upon rheumatoid arthritis? Absolutely.