Coordinated by prescription through the Authorized Treating Physician and/or an Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) Provider, Functional Capacity Evaluations can offer objective documentation of a patient’s physical capacity to perform work duties. Defined PT Network providers specialize in work capacity evaluation.
WHAT IS AN FCE?
The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive series of performance-based tests designed to objectively measure physical abilities. The testing protocol gauges physical strength, range of motion, stamina, and tolerance of functional activities, such as pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying.
This diagnostic testing helps determine work restrictions (if any) and options for return-to-work.
Note: Network FCE providers do not provide clinical physical therapy treatment to their test subjects. FCE testing is administered by an independent, objective clinician that is not involved in clinical patient care.
FCE components include:
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation (strength, posture, flexibility, gait, sensation & reflexes)
- Validity of Effort (includes a battery of 15 to 25 objective, research-based tests)
- Cardiovascular/Endurance Testing
- Functional/Work Tolerance Testing
- Functional Mobility Testing
- Body Mechanics Assessment
- Patient Traits & Behaviors Observation