Social Security and Rheumatoid Arthritis Disability
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects 1.3 million people in the United States, according to the American College of Rheumatology. It is the most common autoimmune form of inflammatory arthritis.
RA is caused when your immune system (your body’s defense system) stops working and attacks healthy cells because it believes they are unhealthy. It often causes pain and swelling in the small joints of the hands and feet, but can affect any joint or organ of the body.
RA can affect anyone of any age and there is no cure for it. Treatments include aggressive medications, lifestyle changes, complementary therapies, and in some cases, surgery.
If you have a severe form of RA, it is possible you may qualify for social security disability benefits. Social security disability payments help when you are no longer able to work due to a serious illness or disability.
To qualify for disability benefits, you will need to show the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you are no longer able to perform a job consistently. And if your joint pain or any deformities make it difficult and impossible for you to do your job, you may qualify for disability benefits.