Functional Capacity Evaluation in Maryland, DC, and Virginia

REHAB AT WORK can help determine if you are physically ready to return to work with a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE).  A FCE is a “comprehensive battery of performance based tests that are commonly used to determine ability for work, activities of daily living or leisure activities.”*  The objective information obtained from the musculoskeletal and functional testing is used to determine the next step in the rehabilitation process or return to work.

*As defined by the APTA


1. Registration, Consent, and Questionnaire Completion

Forms for client information and consent are explained and then signed.  Questionnaires regarding functional abilities are completed.

2. Interview and Information Gathering

The client and the therapist discuss the injury and the medical history.  Information regarding present symptoms along with how the injury has affected activities of daily living, including the demands of the job are taken.

3. Examination

Following the interview, the therapist performs a musculoskeletal exam. This testing is done to determine the client’s physical status. 

4.  Functional Testing

Activities similar to tasks that are performed at home or at a job or leisure are performed.  Examples

include postural tolerances, repetitive movement abilities, and material handling abilities.

Standardized components of an FCE include:

  • REHAB AT WORK looks at the below components during the Functional Capacity Evaluation:

    • Musculoskeletal Status
      • Range of Motion
      • Strength
      • Cardiovascular
    • Functional Capabilities
      • Material/Non-Material Handling
      • Work Simulation
      • Workplace Tolerance
    • Worker Performance
      • Symptom Management
      • Worker Traits
      • Consistency of Effort

Our licensed staff have specialized training in evaluating a person’s abilities and safety in performing activities relative to their injury.  The FCE is up to a 4-hour examination.  This will help you and your doctor determine what is safe for your body.  We will evaluate you performing a series of functional activities related to your job and everyday life.  We look at your tolerance for the below listed activities:

  • Sitting
  • Pushing
  • Climbing
  • Standing
  • Pulling
  • Reaching
  • Walking
  • Balance
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Crawling
  • Carrying
  • Squatting


The client is instructed in safety and encouraged to give his/her best effort, to follow the instructions of the staff, and communicate with the evaluator any issues. The client retains the right to decide whether to continue, modify, stop or decline an activity in part or in whole and this will be documented as such.  Our report provides detailed data regarding your present capabilities.  This will assist in determining the process of returning you to a healthy and productive lifestyle.

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