Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE/FAE)

lifting belt levelQuantifying and knowing a client’s personal physical limitations permits to predict healing outcome.  Defined by Leonard Matheson as “An intensive short-term (one or two days) evaluation that focuses on major physical tolerance abilities related to musculoskeletal strength, endurance, speed and flexibility.”  This would be performed using evaluation instruments whose reliability and validity had been documented through peer-reviewed research.

Referal sources now includes, but would not be limited to, insurance companies, the client him/herself, employers, physician, lawyers, human resources…. to establish present physical status, post-injury rehabilitation potential or to evaluate effort and employability.

Various application of FCE define the depth of evaluation:

1-    Baseline Evaluation

This evaluation would mainly focus on the general full-range of physical tolerance.
The length of the evaluation lasts on average 3 to 4 hours.

2-    Job/Task Specific

The evaluation would be addressing full range of physical tolerances in comparison to the physical demands of the target job or tasks.
This evaluation would last on average 5 to 6 hours.

3.    Medical-Legal

This evaluation would focus on addressing residual tolerances, loss of ability, and potential for rehabilitation of loss of earning capacity and future cost of care.

This evaluation would last on average 6 to 12 hours over 1 to 2 days.

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