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What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

ABLe Physical Therapy is certified to perform functional capacity examinations. A functional capacity evaluation or examination is an objective tool for determining what job duties a patient is capable - or not capable - of doing. Our FCE is an based test that is thoroughly researched by our peers in the field of occupational medicine and ergonomics. It is based on the U.S. Government's Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).

Our functional capacity examination is a special medical and legal tool used by the physician, insurance company, attorney and employer to determine what a patient can safely and physically perform at work. It can be performed prior to employment to determine qualification for a specific job or it can be performed after injury to determine if a patient is safe to return to regular or modified work. It has been designed to be a safe, reliable, valid and practical test of lifting capacity for patients with both spine and/or extremity problems. An FCE can sometimes last up to four hours.

The Functional Capacity Evaluation is an objective tool takes the subjective factor out of deciding whether it is appropriate to allow your patient back to work. Therefore it limits liability on the side of the health care provider.

FCEs are applicable to almost ALL personal injury, workers compensation and disability cases. It can be used prior every discharge to ensure the patient's safety and again, to eliminate liability on the part of the discharging physician.

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