A treating source is:
- a claimant's own physician, psychologist, or other acceptable medical source who also:
- has given the claimant medical treatment or evaluation, and also:
- has, or had, an ongoing treatment relationship with the claimant.
If more examination or testing is needed, SSA usually prefers that a treating source examine or test his or her own patient.
The treating source is neither asked nor expected to decide whether the claimant is disabled. However, a treating source is usually asked to provide a statement about:
- an adult claimant's ability, despite his or her impairments, to do work-related physical or mental activities; or
- a child's functional limitations compared to children the same age who do not have impairments.