Radial Styloid Tenosynovitis and Disability Benefits

In this article we will unpack the definition of Radial Styloid Tenosynovitis, and discover what (if any) benefits for this common disability you may be entitled to. There are so many common disabilities that have the capacity to change the quality of life you experience, as well as alter (however big or small) your dialy routine as you know it. 

By definition, Radial Styloid Tenosynovitis is where the tendons that move the thumb up or outward (away from the index finger) become painful and swollen. There are two more commonly affected tendons that create this swollen effect:

  • extensor pollicis brevis
  • abductor pollicis longus

These are both important muscles that allow passage over the end of the radius at your wrist. Their normal function allows for them to slide through a canal without difficulty. However, when these two tendons (or muscles) become thickened, they will not slide as easily. Hence, causing extreme pain and difficulty using your thumb and wrist, especially when trying to grip an object or needing to make a fist. 

It is unknown at this time what the root cause of this common disability, Radial Styloid Tenosynovitis, is. There are, however, several different sympotms that can be commonly associated with it:

  • repetitive grip
  • grasping
  • vibration

From the point of the thumb being positioned against your fingers, while your wrist is moved toward your palm (or flexed) and towards your little finger side of your hand, these symptoms may occur when lifting or twisting. From another standpoint, it is very silimar to having trigger finger. This is what makes Radial Styloid Tenosynovitis a common disability, in that it usually occurs from repedititve and simple movements that can trigger the body to respond in a way causing these effects mentioned above. 

It is very likely that should you, or a loved one, be suffering from these symptoms and even have other indications of limitations, that you potentially have the common disability of Radial Styloid Tenosynovitis. While suffering from a common disability may be categorized as such, a common disability, your specific case and struggles will be completely unique to you. This may also directly impact your ability to work and successfully have a normal daily routine. From the onset of your concern of being impacted by Radial Styloid Tenosynovitis, it would be in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced and professional lawyer who is well versed in common disabilities, as well as being able to clearly help define your specific case and situation. Generally speaking, the United States Social Security Administration is not known for its sympathy towards those suffering with common disabilities. Ensuring you have a detailed and outlined medical file will be your primary key to ensuring the best possible outcome for receiving benefits. You will need to have medical validation that your ability to work is severely hindered, and you will also need to qualify for Social Security based upon the number of quarters you have effectively worked. It is always best to have confidence in your process, and the unknowns to be seen and understood before they become obsticles. By retaining the services of your attorney, this process is sure to become both managable and successful.

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