Musculoskeletal injuries are not just a pain in the neck.  Quite often, they progress to the point where the person suffering from such an injury is no longer able to engage in work activity and must resort to disability benefits.  Establishing a disability claim based on musculoskeletal injuries involves more than documenting symptoms.  The following are common musculoskeletal injuries:
◦Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
◦Degenerative Arthritis
◦Degenerative disc disease
◦Knee injuries such as torn ligaments
◦Low back pain and Lumbar Spine disease
◦Neck pain and Cervical Spine disorders
◦Rheumatoid Arthritis
◦Shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tear

Not surprisingly, those individuals whose job requires frequent lifting, carrying, and or pushing heavy objects are at risk of suffering a sudden injury with resulting damage to the musculoskeletal structure and related complications.  Alternatively, musculoskeletal injuries can creep up on an unsuspecting worker, starting with a pinched nerve and over time developing into a symptomatic musculoskeletal disease.   Other individuals at risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries work at jobs requiring repetitive use of the extremities, sitting for extended periods of time, and staring at a computer monitor for long periods.

However their onset, musculoskeletal injuries involve a degenerative process which may result in permanent nerve damage associated with chronic and debilitating pain.  Treatment ranges from targeted exercise to chirotherapy, steroidal and other injections, and surgical correction.

However, despite ongoing treatment and undergoing surgery, some sufferers continue to experience severe functional limitations including difficulty sitting, standing, and walking, lifting and carrying objects, and engaging in postural activities such as twisting, bending, climbing, and use of the wrists, hands, and fingers.

Disability applicants suffering from musculoskeletal injuries  do well to obtain experienced legal assistance to present an accurate picture of their disease, their treatment, and their resulting functional ability.  Those who avail themselves of such assistance are rewarded by lump sum benefits, monthly cash payments, and healthcare coverage under Medicare and Medi-Cal to ensure their access to proper treatment.

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