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.

Goiter


Related Terms

  • Enlarged Thyroid Gland
  • Struma

Differential Diagnosis

  • Cyst
  • Granulomatous disease of the thyroid
  • Lipoma
  • Thyroid abscess
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroiditis
  • Tumors of other structures in the neck

Specialists

  • Endocrinologist
  • General Surgeon

Comorbid Conditions

Factors Influencing Duration

The length of disability is determined by the underlying cause of the goiter, the type of symptoms, and the method of treatment.

Medical Codes

ICD-9-CM:
240 - Goiter, Simple and Unspecified
240.0 - Goiter, Specified as Simple
240.9 - Goiter, Unspecified; Enlargement of Thyroid; Goiter or Struma: NOS, Diffuse Colloid, Endemic, Hyperplastic, Nontoxic (Diffuse), Parenchymatous, Sporadic
241.1 - Nontoxic Multinodular Goiter
246.1 - Disorders of Thyroid, Other; Dyshormonogenic Goiter; Congenital Goiter; Goiter Due to Enzyme Defect in Synthesis of Thyroid Hormone; Goitrous Cretinism

Prognosis

Results vary depending on the underlying condition. The early stages of goiter often respond well to medication (hormone therapy); a marked reduction in size or complete resolution can occur within 3 to 6 months. When nodules are present, only about one-third of individuals see a reduction in gland size after hormone therapy. Surgery (thyroidectomy) is generally effective. Even in cases in which the goiter regresses with treatment, it may recur in months or years. Undiagnosed progressive thyroid cancer can be fatal.

Source: Medical Disability Advisor






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