Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
Arthritis limits the activities of nearly 21 million adults in the U.S. and is the nation’s leading cause of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The condition also encompasses more than 100 rheumatic diseases that affect the joints and surrounding tissues. Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance(SSDI) representation, is observing May as Arthritis Awareness Month to raise awareness about the widespread disability caused by arthritis.
In addition to pain and stiffness, the CDC reported, one-third of adults with arthritis also experience depression or anxiety.
“Understanding your arthritis is important when making daily lifestyle choices that affect quality of life,” said Jan Chambers, president and founder of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association. “Tracking pain with short notes about the day helps identify triggering events that lead to flare-ups. Noticing the correlation leads to having more good days than bad days when living with a chronic-pain illness.”
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which typically begins after age 40, the CDC reported. Also known as degenerative joint disease, the condition affects nearly 14 percent of adults age 25 and older. Other common forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and gout. Symptoms may develop slowly or suddenly, and the location and severity may vary.
“Arthritis Awareness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness and educate people about these debilitating conditions,” said Tai Venuti, manager of Strategic Alliances for Allsup.
Some individuals with arthritis find they can no longer work due to its pervasive effects. “Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits is an important option for those who are unable to continue working,” Venuti said. “Allsup experts can help these individuals navigate the complex disability application process.”
SSDI operates separately from the retirement and Supplemental Security Income programs. It is funded by FICA payroll taxes paid by workers and their employers. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and who can no longer work because of a severe disability expected to last for more than 12 months or is terminal.
While pain is the most common reason people stop working due to arthritis, other symptoms such as lack of mobility, swelling and muscle wasting from lack of use of the affected limb also can limit activities. Find more about arthritis and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits on Allsup.com.
For questions about SSDI eligibility or applying with arthritis, contact the Allsup Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 678-3276 for a free evaluation.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.