What is Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of someone’s bones wears down over a period of time. The disorder most commonly affects your joints, hands, knees, hips and spine. It usually occurs when healthy joints are exposed to heavy workloads over a long period of time. It is a result of the body’s failed attempt to repaid damaged joint tissues.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
The first symptom of Osteoarthritis is pain due to a joint hurting during or after movement. The second symptom is tenderness when pressure is applied to a joint. The third symptom is stiffness in the morning or after a period of inactivity. The fourth symptom is loss of flexibility and there may not be a full range of motion. The fifth symptom is a grating sensation that might be heard when using the joint. The last symptom is bone spurs which are hard lumps that may form around the joint.
Available Treatments for Osteoarthritis
The process of osteoarthritis cannot be reversed, but symptoms can usually be effectively managed with lifestyle changes, physical and other therapies, medications and surgery. Medications include acetaminophen, duloxetine, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Osteoarthritis
To be eligible for this tax credit, a person must be impaired for over the period of one full year. They can also be eligible if they have difficulty in one of the following daily life activities, such as walking. For a walking impairment, the patient must be unable to walk 100m (a city block) or it must take them an inordinate amount of time (3 times longer than normal) to do so due to shortness of breath.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Osteoarthritis
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” it must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
How DCC Can Help Claim Tax Credit
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.