Residual Functional Capacity (RFC)
Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) is Social Security lingo for the most you can still do in a work setting on a sustained daily basis despite the limitations that come with your health condition(s).
RFC is used to help determine if you can do the work you used to do, or other types of work, unless it is apparent from the severity of your impairment, your education, age and your work history, that an RFC assessment is unnecessary.
When determining RFC, Social Security will consider:
- Statements about what you can still do that have been provided by medical sources, whether or not they are based on formal medical examinations.
- Descriptions and observations of your limitations from your impairment(s), provided by you, your family, neighbors, friends, or other persons.
Social Security considers limitations that result from your symptoms, such as pain.