<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=360224264421183&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">



What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation

Apr 2, 2019 11:28:36 AM / by Christopher Santucci

medical injury evaluation

What is an FCE

When recovering from a workplace injury, your doctor may request that you have a Functional Capacity Evaluation. A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a test usually delivered by a physical therapist after a round of treatment to determine whether an injured worker can safely return to work (including Full Duty, Modified Duty or Transitional Duty).  These tests typically range from 2-6 hours and can cover a wide variety of functions including how long and how often you can do the following:

  • How much weight you can lift, carry or push
  • The ability to sit, stand or walk
  • The ability to bend over or crouch
  • The ability to climb or crawl
  • The ability to grip and grasp
  • The ability to use tools

How are FCE's Measured and Why it Matters

Throughout the exam your heart-rate will be measured to ensure you are exerting maximum effort. If your heart-rate does not maintain a certain level during portions of the exam, this may be considered self-limiting behavior that could alter the results of your test and render your exam invalid. When taking a functional capacity exam, the key is to give your best effort, but stay within your doctor’s guidelines so that you do not overexert yourself and risk injury. The purpose of the test is to identify your limits and determine whether you can safely return to work. Communication with your therapist is critical. If you feel pain at any point during the evaluation, be sure to describe your pain to your therapist, and explain what action is causing it. At Porro Niermann Law Group our dedicated attorneys can help guide you through the process of filing a Worker's Compensation claim. Contact us today for a Free Consultation



Topics: Workers' Compensation

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts