The Social Security Administration contracts with physicians to perform physical examinations and render opinions regarding a claimant’s ability to perform certain physical activities.
Social Security makes a determination as to whether or not they would like you to be evaluated by one of their doctors. In most cases, they do not set up an examination. Exams can be done by a medical doctor or a psychiatrist. The examinations are usually very brief and almost always unfavorable.
The good news is that the Judge hearing your case is required to give the opinions of your treating physicians more significant weight then the Social Security consultant.
If you have gone to a Social Security doctor who has issued an unfavorable report, do not be overly concerned. While that report is not helpful, there is a good chance that the Law Judge will not rely heavily on its contents and conclusion.