Functional Capacity Evaluations
What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)?
Need a precise, objective measure of your patients/clients functional physical ability? Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) is an extensive physical agility test, and when performed by a medically trained, highly skilled, Physical Therapist you can be assured that each assessment is accurate and will hold credibility in a court of law.
This unique service is provided at Back at Work Physical Therapy – where our Physical Therapist has performed hundreds of FCE’s. Using the Matheson FCE System, each comprehensive evaluation is administered in our clinic, one-on-one with the Physical Therapist and may range in length from 4 – 5 hours.
When should an FCE be used?
An FCE can occur anytime; however, some of the more common uses are:
- At end of a sub-acute phase
- To establish baseline for work conditioning
- To assist with return to work decisions
- At case closure
- For disability (non-work related)
* If an impairment rating is requested, it can be provided using the 4th, 5th or 6th editions of theAMA Guides®To The Evaluation Of Permanent Impairment.
Who Can Benefit from an FCE?
- Someone who has been injured on the job to determine his or her ability to return to the job or alternate work
- Someone seeking to return to work or volunteer activities after an injury or illness
- Someone injured in a catastrophic accident (i.e. automobile accident) for whom an FCE can determine performance skills and abilities related to resuming former employment or a new job
- Someone seeking vocational rehabilitation services
FCE is used to determine:
- Goals for rehabilitation or readiness for discharge planning
- Medical eligibility for disability benefits
- Worker’s compensation case settlement
- A modified treatment program
- Physical abilities of patients before and after a rehab program
- Whether an injured worker can safely return to work
- Return to work decisions (including full duty, modified duty or transitional duty)