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What is a functional capacity evaluation?

What is a functional capacity evaluation?

Chronic pain sufferers might be required to undergo “residual functional capacity,” or “RFC,” assessment. In an RFC assessment, disability claims examiners assess your physical and mental limitations to determine whether your disability limits you so much that you...

Chronic pain and applying for disability?

Chronic pain and applying for disability?

Questions about social security disability. Many of our patient’s have suffered significant injuries which lead to chronic pain, which may preclude them from gainful employment, and I am often asked questions regarding the process of applying for disability.  This...

They say that my pain is subjective, but it sure hurts like hell?

They say that my pain is subjective, but it sure hurts like hell?

I am being told that my pain is subjective, that it is unprovable, and therefore I cannot be compensated. If this is so subjective and mild, why can’t I function? I have been asked the above question hundreds of times, in one form or another, by patients, attorneys,...

Why do I need an EMG, how is it done and why?

Why do I need an EMG, how is it done and why?

An electromyelogram (EMG) is a test that is used to record the electrical activity of muscles. When muscles are active, they produce an electrical current. Typically, an EMG is given at the same time as a nerve conduction study (NCS). These tests are used to diagnose...

“Soft tissue” injury, but my neck is killing me?

“Soft tissue” injury, but my neck is killing me?

Following a car accident, your nagging neck pain may not be just “soft tissue.” Neck pain is one of the most common chronic pain conditions in modern medicine and can lead to depression, sleep disturbance, and inability to work.  Even though there may be minimal...

Investigational procedures according to my insurance plan

Investigational procedures according to my insurance plan

My insurance said a procedure is investigational, but my doctor says its standard of care? As a physician, I am frequently asked by my patient why a procedure that is considered standard medical treatment might be denied as investigational. Even more intriguing is why...