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Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network offers Functional Capacity Evaluations for individuals who want to get back to work following an injury.

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is an evaluation that focuses on musculoskeletal strength, endurance, speed, flexibility, mobility and dexterity to determine a patient’s functional ability. This evaluation typically last four hours and allows the evaluator to determine each client’s current and potential functional and vocational status.

TYPES OF FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATIONS

  • A Baseline FCE determines the client’s current functional and work ability. It also is used to determine work tolerances for return to work when a target job is unknown.
  • A Disability FCE will provide you with a list of restrictions and limitations related to physical abilities, effort and consistency of effort that prevent you from working. The testing is meant to address the typical concerns that disability insurance providers have.
  • A Job-Specific FCE assesses the client’s work tolerances in comparison to the demands of his or her target job.
  • A Medical-Legal FCE addresses a client’s physical tolerances, loss of ability and rehabilitation potential. This FCE is completed in preparation for determining a client’s loss of earning capacity and future cost of care.