What Happens During a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

A functional capacity evaluation is a process that healthcare professionals use to assess the ability of a person to work. It is also known as a work capacity evaluation or work capability assessment. The FCE process starts with an initial screening and interview with the health care professional and patient. The patient is then asked to perform certain tasks that are representative of their job duties. After the FCE, the doctor will review the information and make a recommendation about whether or not it’s safe for them to go back to work.

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Are you facing disability because of a life-changing medical condition or work injury? We specialize in reporting how your medical conditions impact your ability to live and work.


Physical impairments can interfere with your ability to perform activities of daily living and job-related tasks. Your physician will provide medical records but you also need residual functional capacity data (RFC) to answer specific questions about your limits with sitting, standing, walking, lifting, pushing, pulling, climbing, etc.


A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive battery of performance-based tests that is used commonly to determine the ability for work, activities of daily living, or leisure activities.


An impairment rating is a percentage estimate of the amount of normal use that your injured body parts have lost, which is based on guidelines that have been published by the American Medical Association (AMA).


A mobility examination, or wheelchair exam, is required to determine whether a special wheelchair is medically necessary because of your physical limitations.

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