What is Functional Capacity Evaluation?

Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) are used by physicians, employers, case managers and vocational counselors to aid in the transition of workers after injury or surgery back to productive employment. The FCE uses a battery of standardized tests to determine the ability for successful return-to-work; activities of daily living; or leisure activities. The tests consider multiple body systems including flexibility, strength, cardiac endurance, muscular endurance, positional tolerances, speed, and skill while focusing on function rather than pain.

A FCE is designed around specific job-related tasks and the workers tolerance to these tasks. It can be used as a clinical tool to help structure further care or serve as a baseline for functional abilities.

The Functional Capacity Evaluation today quantifies safe functional abilities, and is a pivotal resource for:
  • Return-to-work and job-placement
    decisions
  • Disability evaluation
  • Determination of how non-work-
    related illness and injuries impact
    work performance
  • Determination of functioning in non-occupational setting
  • Intervention and treatment planning
  • Case management and case closure

LRS has two certified functional capacity evaluators. The evaluators possess the skills and abilities necessary for assessing the physiological, psychophysical and biomechanical function of the individual. These skills are combined with task analysis and assessment of environmental factors that may affect work performance.

Marianne Fleming, MS PT has been performing Functional Capacity Evaluations for 25 years and introduced the FCE to the Lafayette area.

Ann McPherson, OTR, CHT has been performing Functional Capacity Evaluations for over 10 years.

If you would like further information on Functional Capacity Evaluations and how they may help guide the care or return to work of your employees or patients, call Lafayette Rehabilitation at 447.5552.