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Osteoarthritis: A Degenerative Disability

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2014 | Firm News

Healthy cartilage is essential to physical well being. It allows bones to slide over each other with ease when you move as well as cushions the joints by absorbing shock induced from walking, kneeling, and doing other simple, everyday tasks.

Osteoarthritis is a disease that attacks the cartilage around the joints by eating away at it. With no cartilage left, the bones rub against each other with every movement. This not only causes pain, but the joints also suffer from swelling and even loss of motion.

The cause of osteoarthritis has not been linked to any one source, but several factors can lend to its emergence. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Weight
  • Age
  • Joint Injuries
  • Jobs or sports that over stress the joints
  • Genetic defects

Because there is no cure for osteoarthritis, it simply gets worse over time, gradually eliminating cartilage until the joints can hardly move. This means that you have three options in front of you. Either get joint replacements, take pain medications frequently, or live in pain. With this condition, it may become difficult to work or even perform day-to-day functions.

With a disability like this, you want to be sure to have qualified long term disability attorneys who are willing to work with your specific case in a safe, personable atmosphere. Contact The ERISA Law Center today for ERISA attorneys who want to help!