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Full Article: Disability? Impairment?
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Volume 5, Issue 2 September 1999

Disability? Impairment?
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PRACTICE POINTS

Either use medical terminology when communicating with physicians about disablement or provide legal definitions

(Legal) impairment in, and disability awards for, many musculoskeletal conditions are determined more by subjective pain and psychological distress than by objective functional limitation

Main factors in determining musculoskeletal (legal) Impairment:
1. pain
2. psychological distress
3. fatigue
4. sleep deprivation

It may be worth crossexamining the highly subjective development of impairment assessment

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