Functional Capacity Evaluation

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.

FCE is the single most reliable measure to determine if a successful return-to-work is possible.

It is inherently a thorough and accurate evaluation process, which plays a role in:
  • Texas Workforce Commission/Disability Division
  • Social Security Disability Administration
  • Workers' Compensation / Return to Work Program
The report also includes:
  • Individual's Residual Physical Abilities
  • Level of Effort Exerted during Testing
  • Reliability of Reports of Pain and Limitation
  • Overall Gauge of Feasibility for Employment
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

Rollie Miller, LPT

Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator