Functional Capacity Evaluation

FCE is the single most reliable measure to determine if a successful return-to-work is possible. The report documents an individual's residual physical abilities, level of effort exerted during testing, reliability of reports of pain and limitation, and it is an overall gauge of feasibility for employment. It is inherently a thorough and accurate evaluation process, which plays a role in the workers' compensation process.
Questions that a FCE helps to answer:
  • What can the client physically do today?
  • Can the client safely return to work at a specific occupation at this time?
  • Will the client need accommodations on the job?
  • Would the client benefit from physical therapy or medical intervention?

Components of a Functional Capacity Evaluation:

  • Psycho-Social Screening
  • Physical Examination
  • Cardiovascular Assessment
  • Non-Material Handling Assessment
  • Maximum Voluntary Effort Grip/Pinch
  • Isometric Tests (NIOSH)
  • Dynamic Lifting Assessment
  • Hand Dexterity Assessment
Value of a FCE:
  • Measurement of baseline physical abilities
  • General return to work readiness
  • Work readiness for a specific occupation

The Functional Capacity Evaluation is a formal evaluation designed to determine physical and functional capabilities and work tolerances using the J-Tech computerized testing system.

This evaluation is a requirement for entrance into either a Work Conditioning or Hardening Program, and determining return to work status and/or physical limitations.