Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Can I file for disability because of arthritis if I am still working?

The simple answer to this question is yes. You can file for disability because of arthritis if you are still working. However, Social Security requires that your earnings cannot exceed the SGA monthly earnings limit.

Each year, Social Security sets a monthly earnings limit that it considers to be self-supporting; this limit is the SGA limit. If you are still working and earning more than the SGA limit, Social Security will deny your disability claim without sending it for a medical decision. This is true for everyone, even those with terminal conditions.

The Social Security definition of disability states that you must have a medically determinable impairment that has prevented you from performing SGA for twelve continuous months, is expected to prevent the performance of SGA for twelve continuous months, or is expected to end in death.

If your arthritis is preventing you from performing SGA, you should file for disability even if you are still working some.


1. What happens if you are working when you file for disability or work after you apply for disability?
2. Are You Allowed to Work While Receiving Social Security Disability?
3. Are you allowed to work at all if you get SSI?
4. Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Will I get Social Security Disability back pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability
Applying for disability for arthritis and medical treatment
Can I file for disability because of arthritis if I am still working?
Requirements for filing for disability with arthritis
How much does Social Security Disability SSI pay?
Winning disability benefits, how do I win?
How to win your disability benefits
How to apply for disability for medical conditions
Social Security Disability application, how to apply, file
How long to get a disability hearing decision answer?

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability status, How to check
How to find if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to qualify for disability, who qualifies?
Qualify for disability, eligibility requirements, criteria
How long does a request for a disability hearing take?
How Long Will it Take To Get a Disability Decision Letter from Social Security?
How long does it take to get or be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
Applying for disability, how to apply, where to go
When should you File for Disability benefits
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability