Maximum Rehabilitation's Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) service is designed to collect information regarding physical abilities to determine whether or not a patient can return to previous job duties. FCE's are generally used as part of a Workmen's Complensation claim or after an injury that inhibits the patient from returning to work.
What Happens During an FCE?
An in-depth questionnaire is used to determine other conditions and specific limitations the patient may have, whether directly or indirectly related to your job duties. It gives baseline pain
values and a general idea of what types of activities exacerbate pain levels.
FCE's utilize real and simulated workstations to evaluate the patient's abilities. These stations are used to mimic the types of physical activities the patient may perform on-the-job.
Workstations include anything from lifting, pushing/pulling, squatting with and without weights, overhead activities and endurance activities, such as maintaining a position for a specified length of time or walking for a specified distance, plus any other work-specific activities you may perform when at work.
Through these standardized tests, consistency effort measurements are taken to establish the level of work that can be performed. It can identify whether there is a need for special accommodations in order for the patient to return to work.
An FCE can take several hours to complete, depending on the scope of testing.
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