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Social Security Disability & Supplemental Security Income
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Q
I developed arthritis after having a major surgery following a sports injury. I tried to apply for SSDI in New Hampshire but they denied me. What went wrong?

A

Many injuries require surgical intervention. With modern medicine, athletes can often get faster relief and return to the sport they love by undergoing a surgery to repair damage. Unfortunately, surgery is not always able to repair the damage from an injury. In fact, sometimes surgery can even worsen your condition and leave you to live with arthritis or long-term pain.

Getting SSDI in New Hampshire for Arthritis

Chances are, you suffered from cartilage damage when you injured yourself on the field, court, or in the gym. This can lead to osteoarthritis—a condition that qualifies you for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI).

If the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied your claim, you still have hope. Here’s what you need to show when appealing your claim:

  • How long your condition will last. The SSA needs to see that your condition will last for at least 12 consecutive months or more.
  • How your condition impacts your ability to walk. If your arthritis makes it difficult for you to move around or walk like you used to, the SSA needs to know.
  • How your condition limits you even from sedentary work. Often, sitting for extended periods of time can cause a flair up in your pain level. This can impact your ability to perform sedentary work too.


Having arthritis does not automatically qualify you to receive SSDI. Even though your application was denied, you still have a chance to submit an appeal and show why you need these benefits. When submitting your appeal, provide medical evidence to support all of your claims and symptoms. You must show how your arthritis limits you from working and how long it’s expected to last.

Arthritis is one of the most common ailments suffered by people who receive SSDI in New England. If you’ve applied for SSDI for arthritis, we encourage you to share your experience with us in the comments below. Your support and experience could help someone in a similar situation as you get the benefits they need.

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