Functional Capacity Evaluations

Do you have employees with work-related injuries? A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) can provide you with valuable information and can help identify return-to-work restrictions and disability determinations. A FCE is a comprehensive and objective test of a person's ability to perform work related tasks.

FCEs are appropriate when:

  • Employee experiences frequent work-related injuries
  • Symptom magnification is suspected
  • Objective data is needed to determine meaningful return-to-work restrictions
  • Employee has maximized the rehabilitation process and a disability determination is needed


FCEs consist of two days of intensive testing at CRMC, 2-3 hours each day:

  • Day 1 consists of a comprehensive baseline functional evaluation and a neuromusculoskeletal evaluation.
  • Day 2 consists of functional activities related to work as well as specific job simulation tasks.

Examples of job simulation activities assessed during a FCE might include:

  • Lifting
  • Repetitive use of extremities
  • Tool use
  • Gripping
  • Pushing
  • Carrying
  • Pulling
  • Ladder climbing
  • Sitting
  • Upper and lower body endurance