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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 applicantís 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 individualís 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 applicantís ability to function.








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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI


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

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
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?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria