If you have been diagnosed with Avascular Necrosis and are no longer able to work you should consider whether filing a claim for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is the right choice for you. This article discusses how the Social Security Administration evaluates Avascular Necrosis.
Avascular Necrosis, put simply, is when your bone tissue dies due to lack of blood flow. Another name for this is osteonecrosis. Blood flow can be interrupted by a fracture or joint dislocation. Long term use of high dose steroids or excessive alcohol often precipitate Avascular Necrosis. Via the Mayo Clinic.
In my clients with my Avascular Necrosis, men seem to be affected the most and usually it is the hip that contains the AV. But you can have Avascular Necrosis in other bones as well and women can also have it. Clients describe pain that begins mildly but progresses to excruciating over time. At first, you may only have pain when you try to walk but eventually you may have pain even when you are at rest.
Treatment of AV depends on the stage of the disease you are in. If you are in the earlier stages, non-surgical treatment may be used to reduce further damage to your bone (e.g. medication to help blood flow return to the bone or pain medications) but eventually most people with AV require surgery. Via WebMD.
Since Avascular Necrosis usually affects the hips or knees, your ability to walk and bear weight can be affected. If this is happening to you and you are unable to work, filing a claim for SSDI or SSI may be the right choice for you.
The Social Security Administration evaluates Avascular Necrosis under 1.02 Musculoskeletal System. This listing focuses on two things: the inability to ambulate (walk) effectively or the inability to do fine and gross movements effectively. Since Avascular Necrosis usually affects the hip, you will have problems with your ability to walk. If you have AV in your upper extremities and you have lost your ability to handle, grasp, finger or manipulate you may meet this part of the listing as well.
The first step is to apply for benefits. If you can not work due to your Avascular Necrosis, apply as soon as possible. After you apply for Social Security Disability (SSDI or SSI), your case will be sent to DDS in Raleigh, NC. The Disability Process can be long and difficult, even if you have been assessed with something as painful and life altering as Avascular Necrosis.