5 common causes of disability

There are so many ways that Americans can become disabled and unable to perform their job duties, but some are more prevalent than others. This article will discuss five of the most common sources of disability in the United States arthritis, back other problems related to joints and muscles, heart disease and stroke, cancer and mental health problems.

Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions are the most common reasons for people to claim long-term disability. In fact, they account for approximately one-third of disability cases, with arthritis being the biggest cause. One out of three Americans claims that arthritis keeps them from being able to perform their job duties. Other joint and muscle problems related to bad backs, hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, necks and hands are also common sources of disability.

Heart disease and stroke can creep up on people unnoticed, and then suddenly cause them to be disabled. Some studies have revealed that heart disease causes approximately 17 percent of our nation's health care costs.

Cancer, and the associated pain and infirmity that comes along with it, disables numerous Americans every year, and it is the fastest-growing source of disability claims. Not only is cancer itself difficult, but the treatments can also be painfully disabling.

Finally, we have mental health problems. A clear head is vital for success at the workplace. If you cannot think properly, or if you are disabled by depression, you might not be able to do your job.

Minnesota residents who are suffering from disabling health conditions and cannot perform their job duties may be able to seek government assistance. Through the help of a qualified Social Security disability attorney, disabled persons can evaluate their chances for getting benefits and devise the best strategy for pursuing those benefits during the application process.

Source: WebMD, "Leading Causes of Disability," accessed Jan. 27, 2016

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