FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluation)

It's difficult to take a step forward without first recognizing where you are, where you've been, and where you'd like to go. One of the most crucial elements of rehabilitation therapy at The Work Center is the Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE). The FCE is an amazing process developed to determine the extent of a worker's injury, and pin-point the proper starting point for the most effective and efficient therapy. The FCE is the "You are Here" dot on the map back to work.

Each FCE is an intensive, objective evaluation of the worker's ability to safely perform and sustain physical work performance. In essence, it determines what the worker is physically able to do at any given point throughout the rehabilitation process. Each FCE is customized, and performed in a realistic setting to accurately simulate the worker's own work tasks and environment. We use a variety of tests to determine what the worker can safely do today. We test actual, physical job functions like lifting and pushing. We also evaluate functional positions such as sitting, standing, kneeling, and bending. During every evaluation, the worker's heart rate is monitored on a real-time basis to ensure a safe, maximum effort for the evaluation. Each test is administered and monitored by trained, licensed professionals and uses computer inter-faced technology to deliver accurate, reliable, consistent results.

A typical FCE will last 2-6 hours, and will include tasks such as:

  • Lifting
  • Carrying
  • Pushing/Pulling
  • Static strength tests
  • Physical examination of flexibility and strength
  • Walking
  • Stair Climbing/Ladder Climbing
  • Job simulated activities for those returning to work
  • Monitoring physiologic responses to activity

The Work Center's innovative FCE programs are the starting point for a worker's rehabilitation. They help us determine the worker's current physical ability, and monitor progress as the injured worker goes through his industrial rehabilitation treatment. Take your first step towards the benefits of Functional Testing performed by The Work Center!

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