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Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE's)

" Quantifying Injuries & Abilities "


Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE's) are a comprehensive, structured, valid and reliable performance-based test to measure, quantify & determine an individual's capacity to perform functions of daily life and work.


FCE's can help determine

  • Safe maximal function at maximal medical improvement

  • Safe maximal function for return to work

  • Current functional abilities to return to work

  • Disability

  • Return to work decisions

  • Residual functional ability & disability

  • Prevocational baseline functional ability

  • Injured has achieved a pre-injury status

  • Need for further treatments or referrals

  • Outcomes at the end of treatments

  • If specified job tasks can safely be performed by modifying technique or equipment

Workers Compensation Injury
FCE can help find out if:
  • You are safe to return to work
  • You need more treatments to return to work
  • You need restrictions at work
  • You need job modifications to return to work
  • You need special equipment & training to return to work
Frequently asked questions?
Do I need a referral for FCE's?
Yes, you need a referral and letter of medical necessity from your treating doctor.
When is FCE required for worker's compensation claimants?
When Medically necessary at the point of maximal medical improvement, at least three months post-injury and when the claimant is preparing to return to the previous job or been offered a new job or claimant is rehabilitating to return to work.
Who is qualified to perform an FCE?
FCE should be performed by a New York Licensed Physical or Occupational Therapist or other physicians qualified by the scope of practice.
Does workers comp insurance pays for FCE's?
If you have a medical necessity and qualify for specific requirements, worker's compensation carriers will pay for FCE's.
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