Whether you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits or seeking to return to work after an injury, your physician may have recommended you complete a Functional Capacity Evaluation, or FCE. FCEs are used to determine your ability (or inability) to perform a variety of tasks related to the demands of a job or work environment. Here’s what you should expect from your first FCE:
Who will be conducting the test? A trained medical professional that specializes in physical therapy will guide you through the one-on-one evaluation. Depending on the purpose of your evaluation, a physician will also determine the types of physical tests you will have to perform: standing, running, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying.
What should I wear? Because of physical demand from the FCE, it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can easily perform physical tasks in.
What if the test is too hard or impossible to complete? Your safety is critical. If at any point during the Functional Capacity Evaluation your symptoms worsen or the task becomes increasingly painful, make sure to notify the evaluator immediately. They will also take note that you could not perform the test. From the Functional Capacity Evaluation, our physicians are able to determine your ability to perform a job and if they have any recommendations for task modification to meet your physical needs. Have any more questions about what to expect or looking to schedule your FCE? Call Rhodes Physical Therapy at (801) 447-9339 or email us at RhodesPhysicalTherapy@gmail.com.