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The Social Security List of Impairments
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Does Social Security Do Range of Motion Exams For A Disability Claim?

Most disability applicants do not have range of motion exams for their SSDI or SSI disability claims. If an applicant does not allege a disabling condition that involves their joints, neck, or spine, there is most likely will be no need for a range of motion examination.

Range of motion examinations are most often performed in during consultative examinations (social security medical exams). The consultative examination physician for a disability claim will ask the individual to move their knees, elbows, shoulders, hips, neck, and spine so that they can evaluate any restriction of movement.

It is important to remember that Social Security is based upon functionality rather than specific conditions and that is why it is important for the disability examiner to have an idea of the how a disability applicant’s condition limits their mobility or ability to perform activities associated with work (i.e. walking, lifting, bending, carrying, standing, crouching, etc.)

Disability examiners use consultative examinations and range of motion examinations to determine an individual’s residual functional capacity (what they are able to do despite the limitations caused by their disabling condition).

Disability examiners routinely request range of motion exams when an individual has arthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic injury (fractures or injury bones and joints) or any other condition that has a high likelihood causing limitation to an applicant’s ability to function.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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