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.
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:
- Repetitive use of extremities.
- Tool use.
- Ladder climbing.
- Upper and lower body endurance.