Functional Capacity Exam

Functional Capacity Evaluation

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) A series of tests measuring physical strength, range of motion, stamina, and tolerance to functional activities, including lifting and carrying. These tests can be used to evaluate work tolerance, and the necessity for work restrictions. During a FCE, the person being tested might be asked to complete a series of tasks including but not limited to:

  • Box lift
  • Reaching up/ out/ over/ down
  • Treadmill/Cardiovascular test (i.e.- Naughton Treadmill test)
  • Walking for periods of time
  • Squatting
  • Stair Climbing
  • Step Test
  • Ladder climbing
  • Computerized Range of Motion Test
  • Computerized Muscle Testing
  • Niosh Lifting Test
  • Sitting Tolerance
  • Bending up/ out/ over/ down
  • Work Simulation (specific to persons work duty)

It is suggested to wear comfortable clothing and shoes when preparing to do a FCE. Please notify the Doctor/ Therapist of all medications you are taking or any disabilities that might prevent you from completing sections of the test.

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