A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) evaluates an individual’s ability to move or perform their daily tasks. Functional Capacity Evaluations are used for a variety of reasons. One of the most important reasons is to evaluate an injured person’s ability to return to work. FCE looks specifically at the following areas:

  • ​the individual’s functional abilities and job demand.
  • the individual’s disability.
  • when the individual can return to work.
  • whether or not the individual can return to the job duties held prior to the injury.
  • helps in designing a rehabilitation plan.

An FCE must be based on the Dictionary of Occupational Titles-Residual Functional Capacity (DOT-Quantified) Battery.

The DOT-Quantified consists of a battery of job-related tasks from job factors defined in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).

4 pictures in 1, showing different types of accidents at work
Possible accidents in the workplace.

Get Ready For Your FCE Test…

Before the Test

Make sure that you bring with you any relevant results of other tests you have done in regards to your condition. Have available the names of medications you are taking as well as your insurance information and any referral you have received from your doctor. Do not use lotion in your arms and legs before you come for the test.

During the Test

Your Physical Therapist will explain to you the details of the testing procedures and all that it entails. You will be comfortable during the test. Make sure that you ask any questions that you may have.

After the Test

Your Physical Therapist will go over the preliminary test findings and how this may alter your physical therapy treatments.  The test results will be forwarded to your physician if requested.

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