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Functional Capacity Evaluations

Functional Capacity Evaluations: Assuring the best fit

This evaluation is an excellent measurement tool for determining present physical capabilities. Our evaluations are performed by licensed physical or occupational therapists, and the results are presented in a user-friendly report. It is an objective evaluation of the employees' ability to perform certain activities, such as lifting, bending, kneeling, squatting, gripping and walking. It can be useful:

  • When individuals are returning to work after completing rehabilitation
  • When individuals have plateaued in their rehabilitation progress and are ready to be assessed for future work capabilities
  • For ongoing, chronic conditions that must be assessed annually
  • For facilitating case or claim resolution because of its practicality, safety and objectivity

When is an FCE needed?

Oftentimes it is clear that for legal or workers' compensation reasons an FCE is indicated. There may be other times when it is difficult to determine its appropriateness. Some general guidelines as to when an FCE should be completed:

  • It is difficult to determine a patient’s physical capabilities and/or disability
  • It is necessary to determine consistency of effort
  • Medical and legal counsel requires objective defensible data
  • The patient is unable to clearly communicate limitations and capabilities
  • In conjunction with an IME
  • Prior to vocational rehabilitation
  • In conjunction with surveillance
  • When the injured worker has plateaued in therapy

Comprehensive, valid reporting

The FCE report provides comprehensive documentation of a worker's present abilities in an easy to follow format. The reports:
  • Are reviewed by a clinical QA team
  • Offer accurate and objective data regarding capabilities
  • Provide at-a-glance summary page
  • Are delivered within 72 hours of completion of evaluation

Helping employees and companies nationwide

Because of our superior network coverage, we are able to serve clients across the United States. With our documented process and protocols, you can be assured that whether you request an FCE in Detroit or Dallas, your FCE report will be clear, concise and comprehensive.