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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:

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

Testing

FCEs consist of two days of intensive testing at CRMC, two to three 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.

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If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call Tiffany Rutledge at 573.632.5591 or e-mail trutledge@crmc.org.

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