Saturday, January 30, 2010

Nine Things To Know About Osteoarthritis

1) The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects over 26 million people in the United States alone. It is also called degenerative joint disease and/or degenerative arthritis.

2) Acute pain is the main symptom of osteoarthritis. Other symptoms may include stiffness, joint swelling and pain, aching in the joints, limited movement and joint pain during wet, rainy weather.

3) With osteoarthritis, pain gets worse with use of joints throughout the day, as opposed to rheumatoid arthritis, which is worse in the morning after a night of non-use.

4) Since there is no cure for osteoarthritis, treatments focus on reducing pain, improving joint strength, relieving disabling effects, and improving joint movement.

5) There are two different types of osteoarthritis, primary and secondary. Primary osteoarthritis is related to aging and normal wear and tear on the joints and surrounding muscles, since it is not associated with any specific cause or injury. Secondary osteoarthritis can be caused by a variety of factors, including obesity, sports injury, and pregnancy, to hormonal disorders and diabetes.

6) Although most agree that more evidence is needed, various studies over the years have found that acupuncture is helpful in treating osteoarthritis.

7) In severe cases of OA surgical procedures such as hip or knee arthroplasty, osteotomy, arhtrodesis, cartilage restoration, and arthroscopic surgery may be needed.

8) Dietary supplements of various types may help with OA. Some studies have shown that glucosamine and chondroitin are both very effective for treating OA, while smaller studies have revealed that S-Adenosyl methionine (SAMe), bromelain antioxidants such as vitamin E or vitamin C, as well as selenium, cobalamin (B12) and folate (B9) are helpful.

9) Complications other than adverse reactions to the drugs prescribed for treatment and surgical complications can happen, such as a diminished ability to walk and perform daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, and taking care of personal hygiene.

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Blogger Vera Leigh said...

Hello, I saw your blog and I have some questions and saw that you have some experience with disability, I have Lupus and Raynauds syndrome and as of Dec 31st I was approved for SSI and Disability benefit. I have been struggling financially for the past few years and when I applied was told by three different case workers, as well as my claims representative, I would receive a SSI back payment as well as a Disability back payment, I was originally told that I would receive the Back pay in march, I did already receive the back pay for disability, however today i received a letter say that, I will no receive any back pay which is the larger check because they are taking to pay back SSI. in total i recieved 1195 for SSI back pay and they are taking 3660 saying that they will not be paying me this as back pay, honestly i am at my wits end, it took very long for me to get this award and not i feel totally duped, with what i am getting. Would you suggest appealing this decision? What are my options in reversing this decision?

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Blogger Disability Blogger said...

Vera Leigh,

Unfortunately, Supplemental Security Income disability is a need based program and as such it must be paid back with back pay benefits from you Social Security disability award. It appears that there may have been back payment of SSI disability benefits and perhaps a couple more months of SSI benefits paid until your Social Security disability benefits began. If you were entitled to Social Security disability benefits for any of the SSI months you were paid, you would have to pay those back as well as the SSI back payment amount as part of a cross program recovery between the SSI program and Social Security disability program. Without knowing any particulars about your case it is difficult to say. However, there is very little you can do about this. It seems that you were paid monthly benefits by the SSI program until they could get your Social Security into pay. Once you were in pay status for Social Security benefits if they are higher than the monthly SSI benefit amount, you would not have been entitled to any month you received SSI. Basically, you can appeal the issue but it will make no difference. Social Security calls this a windfall offset. SSI disability is a social welfare program designed to give disabled individual's who meet income and resource limits some kind of monthly income. Your Social Security monthly disability amount most likely puts you over the income limit for the SSI disability program.

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