Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) – Steve Young, PT

“I specialize in reporting how your medical conditions impact your ability to live and work. The exam results are often used for disability and work-injury claims.”

Steve Young, Physical Therapist, Columbus, Georgia.
Functional Capacity Evaluator for over 14 years.

705 17th Street, Suite 402, Columbus, Georgia 31901, Phone: 706-225-2525, Fax: 706-225-7185, syoung@holbrooke.org

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A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive battery of performance-based tests commonly used to determine the ability for work, activities of daily living, or leisure activities. The need for functional evaluation was identified in the 1980s by workers’ compensation systems that required specific information about worker functional capacities and limitations to expedite the return-to-work process. Historically, return-to-work decisions were based upon diagnoses and prognoses of physicians but did not include objective measurements of worker functional abilities and job match demands. Physical therapists, whose core competencies include functional evaluation, began to develop functional capacity tests for comparison to the physical demands of jobs and occupations. These functional tests initially examined and evaluated the ability of a worker to perform physical job match conditions as described by the US Department of Labor in Selected Characteristics of Occupations as Defined in the Revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles and The Revised Handbook for Analyzing Jobs. Functional examination evaluation, combined with diagnoses and prognoses by physical therapists has emerged as a valid and effective tool to support a safe return to work, activities of daily living or leisure activities after an injury or illness.

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 a non-occupational setting
Intervention and treatment planning
Case management and case closure


Source: American Physical Therapy Association. Occupational Health Physical Therapy: Evaluating Functional Capacity Guidelines

Schedule an FCE in Columbus, Georgia

Contact Steve Young, PT
705 17th Street, Suite 402
Columbus, Georgia 31901
Phone: 706-225-2525
Fax: 706-225-7185

syoung@holbrooke.org

The Disability Clinic

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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.

DISABILITY & RESIDUAL FUNCTION

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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATION

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.

IMPAIRMENT RATING

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).

WHEELCHAIRS, POWER CHAIRS, SCOOTERS

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