What is Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)?
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is an evaluation conducted by a qualified physician.
It is generally used to help determine a person’s ability to perform specific tasks, such as
lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, standing, reaching, sitting, walking and gripping. The test
may help determine a person’s ability to return to work, establish return to work restrictions,
assist in disability filing, or to help determine need for further therapy before returning to work.
An FCE may also be carried out to determine if a person is capable of performing essential
job functions for a position that has been offered. FCEs are done on a one-to-one basis and
may range in length from 4 to 6 hours. An FCE may take place over two consecutive days.
We have years of training not only in patient treatments but are well qualified and well respected
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When so much depends on the outcome of an evaluation of your physical capacity to function,
you cannot afford to have anything less advanced or less comprehensive than this. We integrate
state-of-the-art equipment, software and examiner expertise to provide unequalled flexibility in
the array of tests available, including:
Cardiovascular Responses to Work Tasks
• Dynamic Lifting and Carrying
• Range of Motion
• Performance Capacity
What to expect during the FCE?
Upon start of the exam we will take a history of past and current complaints and ask about work
history or job demands. Resting blood pressure and heart rate are taken prior to testing to
make sure testing is safe to continue. Depending on the purpose of the FCE, various tests will
be conducted over the course of 2-5 hours. These may include grip tests, lift tests, positional
tolerance tests, walking, pushing, pulling, or stair climbing. Tests are conducted with constant
heart rate monitoring. your pain levels and perceived exertion throughout testing will be
constantly monitored. Safety is emphasized throughout testing to reduce any risk for injury.
What Are the Purposes and Applications of the FCE?
The FCE may be used to determine:
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Long-Term / Short-Term Disability
Continuing Fitness Evaluations
Vocational / Occupational Capacities
Modified / Alternative Duty Fitness
Establish Treatment Baseline
Treatment Progress Evaluation
Pre-Employment Job Fitness
Who Pays for the FCE?
Worker's compensation insurance plans
Individual insurance plans
State and/or local agencies
Managed care plans
Who Can Refer/Recommend the FCE?
Employers/human resource personnel/risk managers
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