One of the areas that Social Security often misses, especially early on in the application process, is limitations of the hands. Social Security staffers and adjudicators are used to measuring a person’s ability to sit, stand, walk, lift and carry, but the use of the hands is often overlooked, especially if the cause is not immediately obvious.
There are a lot of diseases that can impact the ability to use the hands. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is probably the most well-known, but there are plenty of other impairments that have a direct bearing. Cervical disc disease, for example, can cause a condition known as radiculopathy, where a vertebral disc presses against the nerves that run into the arms and hands. This can result in weakness, burning pain, and loss of sensation in the hands. Similarly, the side-effects of medications may cause hand shaking, or tremor. Continue reading