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DISABILITY IN RHEUMATIC DISORDERS
ArthritisRheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder
characterized by multiple joint involvement, stiffness, chronicity, and immune
e.g., bursitis, tendinitis, acute
bursitis etc. Repetitive trauma and cumulative trauma disorders.
During the working years, age
18-64, arthritis and rheumatic diseases constitute the most common causes of work
disability, with heart disease ranked second, and spine disorders ranked thirds. It is
well known that 15% of new claimants to the Social Security System cite musculoskeletal
disease as the cause of their impairment.
primary care physicians and specialists may be able to define the level of impairment and associated disability of individual patients with
rheumatic disease by using the Modified Health Assessment Questionnaire or MHAQ developed
at Stanford University4. MHAQ activities that are usually asked include the following.