Functional Capacity Evaluation:

A Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) is a process of measuring, recording, and analysing an individual’s ability to perform purposeful activities in response to broadly defined work demands, activities of daily living, or projected vocational status required. This evaluation uses a series of physical examinations performed by an authorised Physiotherapist.

 

An FCE can assist in:

·       Developing return to work plans

·       Recommendations for conditioning programs

·       Determining need for job modifications

·       Defining functional and work restrictions, and

·       Identifying suitable redeployment options.

 

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Who Requests an FCE?

A Functional Capacity Evaluation can be requested by an individual’s Lawyer, General Practitioner, Rehabilitation Coordinatior, or Case Manager.

How Long Does It Take?

FCE can take between 2 to 3 hours to complete.

What Do I Need To Bring?

Individual who is evaluated would need to perform various activities throughout the session. Some of these activities will be easy for an individual to perform, whilst others will require the individual to demonstrate their maximum attainable effort. Therefore, please ensure you bring appropriate clothing for exercise, water bottle, snack, and something to read during the rest phase between various tests.

What Will Be Assessed?

An FCE is tailored specific to an individual’s personal activity level, and the requirements of their specific occupation. Before testing an individual’s capacity, baseline measurements are taken including heart rate and blood pressure, in addition to specific screening questions to ensure the health of the individual will not be compromised. Following the baseline testing, measurement of range of movement testing is performed, followed by postural activities, manual handling activities, dynamic activities, and functional activities.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Functional Capacity Evaluation measures an individual’s capacity to perform a variety of tasks. Units of time and capacity to lift certain weights are measured quantitatively. The individual will also be asked information regarding any pain or discomfort, and their perceived rate of exertion with the test. The test will also be scored according to the individual’s stance, posture, torque, leverage, pace and timing with the task.

Who Requests an FCE?

A Functional Capacity Evaluation can be requested by an individual’s Lawyer, General Practitioner, Rehabilitation Coordinatior, or Case Manager.

How Long Does It Take?

FCE can take between 2 to 3 hours to complete.

What Do I Need To Bring?

Individual who is evaluated would need to perform various activities throughout the session. Some of these activities will be easy for an individual to perform, whilst others will require the individual to demonstrate their maximum attainable effort. Therefore, please ensure you bring appropriate clothing for exercise, water bottle, snack, and something to read during the rest phase between various tests.

What Will Be Assessed?

An FCE is tailored specific to an individual’s personal activity level, and the requirements of their specific occupation. Before testing an individual’s capacity, baseline measurements are taken including heart rate and blood pressure, in addition to specific screening questions to ensure the health of the individual will not be compromised. Following the baseline testing, measurement of range of movement testing is performed, followed by postural activities, manual handling activities, dynamic activities, and functional activities.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Functional Capacity Evaluation measures an individual’s capacity to perform a variety of tasks. Units of time and capacity to lift certain weights are measured quantitatively. The individual will also be asked information regarding any pain or discomfort, and their perceived rate of exertion with the test. The test will also be scored according to the individual’s stance, posture, torque, leverage, pace and timing with the task.

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