Functional Capacity Evaluation

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a critical component of the medical care patients receive at Newark Rehabilitation Center before returning to work.  FCE is an in-depth evaluation required by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. An employee who sustains a work-related injury receives a FCE when they are at the point of maximum medical improvement.  Jose Colon, MD is authorized by the New York Workers’ Compensation Board to perform FCEs.

FCE systematically measures the patient’s ability to perform work-related tasks safely.

FCE may include:

  • Comparing the patient’s abilities to the work demands
  • Measuring treatment progress
  • Establishing a functional baseline
  • Setting job-specific  restrictions
  • Providing task-specific modifications
  • If appropriate, recommending work hardening to bridge the patient’s transition back to work

A functional capacity evaluation includes all impairments, not only physical limitations.  Aspects of this evaluation may include:

  • Musculoskeletal system; examine bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons
  • Cardiovascular; assess heart and lung function and capacity
  • Coordination of body movements; force and spatial awareness
  • Ability to lift and carry
  • Tolerance to perform task-specific activities
  • Physical testing; maximal voluntary effort, such as grip strength
  • Pain assessment
  • Psychological evaluation, cognitive skills (reasoning, remembering)
  • Material handling (job-specific, with/without mechanical assistance); such as moving the right amount, at the right time to the right place
  • Visual and sensory perception

If you would like to learn more about Functional Capacity Evaluations and Newark Rehabilitation Center, please contact us.