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.

Meniscectomy and Meniscus Repair


Related Terms

  • Cartilage Surgery
  • Meniscus Shaving
  • Partial Meniscectomy

Specialists

  • Orthopedic (Orthopaedic) Surgeon
  • Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist)
  • Physical Therapist

Comorbid Conditions

Factors Influencing Duration

The type of procedure; the occurrence of complications; and the individual's job requirements, ability to modify work activities, and compliance with rehabilitation may affect duration of disability.

Medical Codes

ICD-9-CM:
80.6 - Excision of Semilunar Cartilage of Knee; Meniscectomy; Excision of Meniscus of Knee
81.4 - Other Repair of Joint of Lower Extremity
81.42 - Five-in-one Repair of Knee; Medial Meniscectomy, Medial Collateral Ligament Repair, Vastus Medialis Advancement, Semitendinosus Advancement, and Pes Anserinus Transfer
81.43 - Triad Knee Repair; Medial Meniscectomy with Repair of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament and the Medial Collateral Ligament; ODonoghue Procedure
81.47 - Repair of Knee, Other

Prognosis

The predicted outcome of a meniscectomy procedure is good. Most individuals who undergo meniscectomy can expect significant improvement without complications, though some studies report a complication rate of as high as 30% for meniscus repair (Baker). In 5% to 10% of patients, meniscal repairs do not heal (Baker).

About 2 to 8 weeks should be allowed for recovery from surgery (Baker). A meniscal repair may take longer to heal (see Rehabilitation).

The prognosis is worse if both menisci in the same knee are injured and require meniscectomy (as opposed to repair). The prognosis is also worse if the knee has other injuries (for example, instability from ligament injury) or if the knee has significant pre-existing arthritis.

Source: Medical Disability Advisor






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