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Facts about Hypermobility Syndrome and Filing for Disability
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1. Hypermobility is a condition of the joints in which range of motion is greater than normal. It is better known as being double-jointed. Typically the condition does not cause problems or require treatment. Sometimes, however, hypermobility can cause a range of joint problems.
2. Any number of joints in the body can be affected, and many people have a few hypermobile joints without any trouble. Hypermobility is more common among children and typically joint mobility decreases with age.
3. Hypermobility may be caused by the shape of bones at the joint, weak or stretched ligaments, muscle tone and stiffness, and abnormal sense of how a joint is able to move.
4. Some people experience pain and are more susceptible to injury, dislocation and osteoarthritis, in which case the condition is considered benign hypermobility syndrome.
5. Unstable joints cause injuries such as sprains, tendonitis and bursitis to occur very easily. Joints may also make clicking or popping noises, or dislocate easily. Those with hypermobility are also at higher risk for developing conditions such as TMJ in the jaw and carpal tunnel syndrome in the hands and wrists.
6. Signs of benign hypermobility syndrome include being able to bend pinky fingers back to a 90 degree angle, bend thumbs to forearms, extend elbows and knees to 10 degrees beyond neutral position, and bend over with knees straight and palms on the floor.
7. If at least four joints are hypermobile and you experience pain in at least four joints for three months or longer, then you meet the criteria for a benign hypermobility syndrome diagnosis.
8. Hypermobility may not be benign at all, but rather a symptom of another, more serious medical condition. Conditions associated with hypermobility include lupus, polio, Down's syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
9. Treatment for benign hypermobility syndrome includes physical therapy, modifying movement and activity and using analgesics for pain control.
Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?
Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).
It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).
Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?
Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:
1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;
2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;
3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.
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