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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.


  • 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 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.