Physical Disorders That Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits

When dealing with Social Security Disability (SSD), there are numerous physical disorders that may or may not qualify you for benefits. Listed below are several common physical disorders and what is required by the Social Security Administration under each disorder for a person to be considered disabled. You will also find common symptoms, causes, and a general overview of each disorder under the appropriate link.


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List of Physical Disorders


The word “arthritis” originates from the Greek arthron meaning “joint” and the Latin itis meaning “inflammation.” It is a condition which mostly affects the joints and has been found to be the leading cause of disability among people over fifty-five years of age in industrialized countries. Arthritis is not one particular disease, but is instead a term that covers over 100 joint conditions; the most common of which is known as Osteoarthritis (OA). Considered under the “Musculoskeletal Body System” section under Social Security’s “Listing of Impairments,” a person with arthritis must display several joint complications to qualify for SSD.


Asthma, a common disease which causes the victim’s airways to become inflamed and severely inhibits his or her ability to breath, can be severe enough to cause chronic and frequent asthma attacks which result in further complications. Look here for common causes, ways to prevent asthma attacks, and how severe asthma must be for the victim to be considered for SSD.

Heart Failure

Respiratory Disorder

Cystic Fibrosis


Seizure disorder, also known as epilepsy, can be a challenging and debilitating condition to live with. The condition only affects .05 percent of the population, but those who suffer from Seizure Disorder are often unable to work because of the effects that the condition has on their physical capacity. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a seizure disorder, please click here to learn if you or your loved one qualify for SSD benefits. If you do, we can help you to attain those benefits.


A physician’s opinion as to a patient’s limitations alone is not enough to establish a medically determinable impairment. The physician must diagnose fibromyalgia and provide the type of evidence described in the most recent ruling, and this information must not be inconsistent with other information in the Social Security disability applicant’s case record. In order to be considered for SSD benefits, a person with fibromyalgia must be diagnosed as having a “medically determinable impairment (MDI).” If you have fibromyalgia, look here to learn about the two instances in which your condition can qualify you for benefits. You will also find symptoms and links to more resources and information on fibromyalgia.

High Blood Pressure

Affecting 1 in 3 Americans, high blood pressure, or hypertension, if not recognized, controlled, and lowered, can result in damage to your arteries and to some of your major body systems. However, since SSA does not have a specific category for HBP in the Social Security Listing of Impairments, this link will help you to know where you can go to find out how you can still apply for related SSD benefits. You will also find information on the major causes, symptoms, and treatments for high blood pressure, as well as ways to prevent it.

Lung Transplant

Organ Failure


Pulmonary Hypertension

Respiratory Failure


Stroke is listed under the “Nervous System” as a “Central nervous system vascular accident” in the SSA.Gov Listings. Under this listing, you will find the two cases in which a person who has experienced one or multiple strokes may be able to qualify for SSD benefits. Whether the stroke was caused by a blood clot or a brain hemorrhage, the criteria for SSD benefits will look at the resulting damage rather than the stroke itself. Look here to learn more about exactly what that means and to find out if we can help you with your claim.