Shoulder pain can be severe. Without full use of this important joint, you may be unable to move your arms or perform the job you once held. Although your disability may limit the functionality of your shoulder, the Social Security Administration does not specify shoulder injuries as a qualifying condition for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Boston. However, there are certain qualifying factors that may make it possible for you to get the income you need to live.

Potential Benefits From Disabled Shoulder Conditions

The following are six of the most common disabling shoulder conditions that may allow you to receive Massachusetts SSDI for your shoulder injury:

  • Dislocation or Separation. A ball and socket joint and ligaments hold your shoulder together. When the bone is fractured or these ligaments are torn, you may experience pain, swelling, numbness, weakness, or bruising. This can lead to more permanent and disabling damage, such as bone damage or nerve damage.
  • Tendinitis or Bursitis. The tendons and bursa sacs surrounding your shoulder protect the bone and socket joint. If these become infected, inflamed, or swollen, you may be left in significant pain. This pain comes when you try to lift objects or when you move your arm overhead.
  • Torn Rotator Cuff. The rotator cuff tendons allow you to lift your arms overhead and to carry heavy items. If seriously injured, these tendons can tear leaving you in severe pain.
  • Fracture. Cracks, breaks, and fractures of the shoulder generally occur in the shoulder blade, the top of your arm bone, or in the joint. If not treated correctly, a fracture can lead to arthritis in your shoulder.
  • Arthritis. Arthritis impacts the joints surrounding your shoulder. When you have arthritis—whether from an acute injury or from wear and tear over time—you experience significant pain. This pain can prevent you from being able to use your arm as you once could.
  • Frozen Shoulder. When tissue grows between your joints, you may be significantly limited in using your shoulder. This usually happens when you disable your shoulders due to severe pain caused by diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Learn If Your Shoulder Pain Can Qualify You For SSDI

Not all shoulder disabilities will qualify for SSDI. Because shoulder pains are not listed as a disability on the Social Security Administration website, it is important that you hire a Boston SSDI attorney to help you fill out your application. Doing so will maximize your chances at being accepted to receive this critical income.

At Keefe Disability Law, we understand what the Social Security Administration needs to see in order to approve your application. To get started filling out your paperwork, contact us today at 888-904-6847.

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John L. Keefe
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