Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders are perhaps the most common disabilities claimed in long term disability claims with insurance companies, and also in disability claims with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Your musculoskeletal system is comprised of your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Musculoskeletal disorders may be hereditary, congenital, or acquired.

The severity of such disorders typically depends upon the how long the condition has been present and the constitution of the individual patient.

The most common disorders associated with the musculoskeletal system are back and neck pain, arthritis, traumatic insult or injury (often suffered in automobile accidents, workplace accidents, etc), and amputations.

Given the different areas of the body that comprise the musculoskeletal system, several other diseases may produce significant musculoskeletal signs and symptoms.  These other disorders include connective tissue or rheumatoid/rheumatic diseases. More than 100 diseases are classified as rheumatic diseases, including many types of arthritis. Arthritic conditions are typically distinguished by red, swollen joints and inflamed connective tissues such as cartilage, synovial tissue, and tendons. Other rheumatic diseases are considered autoimmune diseases, meaning that the body’s own immune system is turning on parts of the body.

Below is a more complete list of musculoskeletal disorders:

  • Acromegaly
  • Adult-Onset Still’s Disease, or Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Amputation
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Poliomyelitis
  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Aseptic Necrosis
  • Axial Osteomalacia
  • Back Pain Problems
  • Barbeau’s Disease
  • Basal Joint Arthritis
  • Benign Pseudohypertrophic Muscular Dystrophy
  • Brittle Bone Disease
  • Brucellosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Charcot Arthropathy
  • Chronic Compartment Syndrome
  • Costosternal Chondrodynia Ailment of Arthritis
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Disc Herniation
  • Distal Myopathy
  • Dupuytrens Disease
  • Dystrophia Myotonica
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Facet Arthrosis
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fibromyitis
  • Fracture of the Femur, Tibia, or Pelvis
  • Fracture of an Upper Extremity
  • Frame Syndrome Osteomalacia
  • Gluten-Sensitivity Enteropathy
  • Gout
  • Head Trauma
  • Hereditary Spinal Ataxia
  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus, HNP, or Herniated Disc
  • Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Fibrous Hyperplasia
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Landouzy-Dejerine Dystrophy
  • Lumbar Stenosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Myotonic Dystrophy Muscle Disease
  • Neck Arthritis
  • Neuropathic Arthropathy
  • Oromandibular Dystonia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peroneal Muscular Atrophy
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Reflex Sympathetic Disorder
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rheumatism
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Ruptured Disc
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sciatica
  • Scleroderma
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Arachnoiditis
  • Spinal Meningitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Tendinitis
  • Thoracic Spondylosis and
  • Undifferentiated and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease