Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Job Classification

In most duration tables, five job classifications are displayed. These job classifications are based on the amount of physical effort required to perform the work. The classifications correspond to the Strength Factor classifications described in the United States Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. The following definitions are quoted directly from that publication.

Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Amnesia


Related Terms

  • Memory Loss

Differential Diagnosis

Specialists

  • Neurologist

Comorbid Conditions

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Brain ischemia
  • Degenerative brain disorders
  • Infiltrating brain cancers
  • Psychiatric disorders

Factors Influencing Duration

The nature and degree of the underlying cause of amnesia and advanced age may influence disability.

Medical Codes

ICD-9-CM:
300.12 - Psychogenic Amnesia; Hysterical Amnesia
437.7 - Cerebrovascular Disease, Other and Ill Defined; Transient Global Amnesia
780.93 - Other General Symptoms; Memory Loss; Amnesia (Retrograde); Memory Loss NOS

Overview

The term "amnesia" refers to a partial or total inability to recall past experiences. Retrograde amnesia is memory loss for events that occurred before a head injury, prior to the onset of a specific illness, or from severe emotional trauma. Anterograde amnesia is the inability to remember events after a specific illness or injury. Transient amnesia is the brief or fleeting loss of memory, particularly after brain injury or seizures. Progressive amnesia is memory loss that worsens over time associated with dementias. Hysterical (fugue) amnesia is usually triggered by a traumatic event that the mind cannot absorb. The memory often will return in a short time, although memory of the trauma itself may remain sketchy. Memory disturbances related to alcohol abuse and head trauma are the two most common causes of amnesia.

Amnesia generally results from damage to the areas on both sides of the brain that are involved in memory. Amnesia can result from systemic medical conditions (thiamine deficiency associated with alcohol abuse, malnourishment), infections of the brain (encephalitis), seizures, brain tumors, head injury, lack of oxygen to the brain, carbon monoxide poisoning, electroconvulsive therapy used to treat psychological problems, multiple sclerosis, or temporal lobe brain surgery. Amnesia can occur from altered blood flow to the brain (cerebrovascular disease) such as stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), or from drugs, alcohol, or exposure to toxins.

Incidence and Prevalence: The exact prevalence and incidence of the amnesia disorders is unknown.

Source: Medical Disability Advisor






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