Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)

Service Description

A Functional Capacity Evaluation is commonly known as an FCE. It assesses your ability to perform tasks safely. The test typically measures strength, flexibility, endurance, ability, static posture and repetitive movements related to your individual situation. An FCE can only be conducted by a professional evaluator. At Broward Manual Rehab, Dr. Cosmios has been trained to conduct FCE testing. He has been trained to plan, administer, score, and report an FCE that meets the reliability and validity requirements and high standards of the Practice Hierarchy of Industrial Rehabilitation.

The 3 main reasons why an FCE is administered are to assess current general performance ability, feasibility of performing specific tasks, and to determine permanent disability. You might be sent for an FCE prior to starting a new job, after a work accident or during procedures to determine short or long term disability benefits. The purpose of the FCE is to collect objective information about your current functional and vocational status. What makes a good FCE is its ability to provide this reliable information that will allow a business owner, general manager, physician, case manager, or even a labor law judge to make the appropriate decisions concerning your physical state.

During your test you might be asked to perform many different physical tolerance activities such: walking, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing, balancing, crawling, twisting, reaching, pinching, writing, talking, hearing, or even driving. Also, you might be asked to perform different dexterity and range of motion activates such as: placing, turning, screwing, unscrewing, assembling, disassembling, or even transferring objects. An FCE last an average of 5 hours and a completed report can be ready within 48 hours. It is recommended that you follow these guidelines to insure a positive experience:

  • Schedule your test on a day where you have enough time to complete the entire test
  • Bring a bilingual or sign language translator if necessary
  • Eat a good meal prior to the test
  • Bring snacks and beverages to stay nourished and hydrated during the test
  • Bring any prescribed medications that you might need
  • Wear comfortable clothes and footwear

Associated Staff

Dimitri Cosmios, PT, DPT, CSCS

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