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.

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When so much depends on the outcome of an evaluation of your physical capacity to function,
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state-of-the-art equipment, software and examiner expertise to provide unequalled flexibility in
the array of tests available, including:

  • Task-Specific Measurements
  • Impairment-Specific Measurements
  • Cardiovascular Responses to Work Tasks
  • Static Strength                  • Dynamic Lifting and Carrying
  • Positional Tolerance        • Range of Motion
  • Isometric Strength            • 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
  • Injury Compensation
  • Long-Term / Short-Term Disability
  • Return-to-Work Examinations
  • Continuing Fitness Evaluations
  • Vocational / Occupational Capacities
  • Modified / Alternative Duty Fitness
  • Establish Treatment Baseline
  • Treatment Progress Evaluation
  • Ergonomic Modification
  • Pre-Employment Job Fitness
  • Case Settlement
  • Disability Status

Who Pays for the FCE?

  • Worker's compensation insurance plans
  • Self-insured plans
  • Individual insurance plans
  • State and/or local agencies
  • Managed care plans
  • Private pay

Who Can Refer/Recommend the FCE?

  • Physicians
  • Case managers
  • Other therapists
  • Insurance carriers
  • Employers/human resource personnel/risk managers
  • Attorneys
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