Functional Capacity Evaluation

Functional Capacity Evaluation

Benefiting employers and employees

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is the physical assessment of a person’s ability to perform work-related activities. It can assist employers by determining the injured worker’s physical capacity in the workplace, determining the percentage of disability, and/or the appropriate placement into a vocational training program.

Why do you need an FCE?

Business owners and attorneys find the analysis beneficial for everyone involved. As a third party we take an honest approach and give you the best details possible.

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  • The employee is hesitant about returning to work
  • The employee can return to work but may not be able to perform the same job
  • The employee has improved, but additional progress is necessary
  • There are questions regarding the validity of the worker’s complaints
  • A professional assessment could support a legal defense
  • The employee is seeking additional disability
FCE can determine:
  • Goals for rehab or readiness for discharge
  • Return to work status
  • Case settlement
  • Disability status
  • Ability to meet job demands as part of a hiring
Who Can Benefit From an FCE?

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  • An attorney who needs to provide their client’s level of disability
  • A physician requiring evidence of disability
  • Someone who has been injured on the job
  • Someone applying for Social Security Disability benefits
  • Someone returning to work after an injury or illness
  • Someone seeking vocational rehab services
  • Someone injured in a catastrophic accident, an FCE can determine performance skills and abilities related to the former or new job
  • Students receiving transitional services from school to work

Our written results provide an objective evaluation of the employee’s true capabilities. Informed decisions can then be made regarding work restrictions, possible needs for additional training, work conditioning, or job placement. It will also help determine, when needed, an actual percentage of disability.

Assessment Of Worker's Physical Abilities Include

  • Sit, stand and walk tolerances
  • Repetitive and sustained upper extremity tolerances
  • Safe capacities for bend, lift, carry, push, pull
  • Repetitive and sustained lower extremity tolerance
  • Aerobic capacity and endurance for tasks
We're getting you back to work

“Following a surgery that left me with two total knee replacements, I needed physical therapy to help me get back to life and work. Getting started was rather easy, and within days the healing process began. I worked with a select few physical therapists who helped me regain mobility, stability, and strength in both my knees. The end process led me back to work, living life the way I had been before the surgery, only this time I was living pain free.” – Barb P., Coopersville patient