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.

Pott's Disease


Related Terms

  • Spondylodiscitis
  • Tuberculosis of the Spine
  • Tuberculous Spondylitis

Differential Diagnosis

Specialists

  • Infectious Disease Internist
  • Neurologist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Orthopedic (Orthopaedic) Surgeon
  • Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist)
  • Pulmonologist

Comorbid Conditions

Factors Influencing Duration

The length of disability may be influenced by the severity of the symptoms; the extent of the infection; whether treatment is prompt and appropriate; whether surgery is performed; the extent of lung involvement, if any; the individual's response to treatment; the age of the individual; and the presence of a concurrent immune deficiency condition.

Medical Codes

ICD-9-CM:
015.00 - Tuberculosis of Vertebral Column; Potts Disease; Unspecified
015.01 - Tuberculosis of Vertebral Column; Potts Disease; Bacterial or Histological Examination Not Done
015.02 - Tuberculosis of Vertebral Column; Potts Disease; Bacterial or Histological Examination Unknown
015.03 - Tuberculosis of Vertebral Column; Potts Disease; Tubercle Bacilli Found (in Sputum) by Microscopy
015.04 - Tuberculosis of Vertebral Column; Potts Disease; Tubercle Bacilli Found by Bacterial Culture
015.05 - Tuberculosis of Vertebral Column; Potts Disease; Tuberculosis Confirmed Histologically
015.06 - Tuberculosis of Vertebral Column; Potts Disease; Tuberculosis Confirmed by Other Methods [Inoculation of Animals]

Complications

Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria pose complications for the treatment of spinal tuberculosis. Without effective therapy, bone and joint destruction may occur. Abscesses may spread into adjacent soft tissues, forming sinuses. Collapse of spinal vertebrae may cause spinal cord and nerve compression.

Paraplegia, or paralysis of the lower body, is the most serious complication of spinal tuberculosis. Immunodeficiency contributes to a more rapid progression of the infection.

Source: Medical Disability Advisor






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