Functional Capacity Evaluations in Maryland, Virginia and the D.C. Area

Physical Therapy REHAB AT WORK can help determine if you are physically ready to go back to work with a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), a scientifically developed, objective process to measure a worker’s physical capabilities and tolerances, also known as a worker’s physical demand level (PDL). Tests gauge physical strength, range of motion, stamina, tolerance of functional activities such as, push, pull, lift, and carry. 

Standardized components of an FCE include:

  • Review of past job performance barriers, medical history, records and lifestyle issues.
  • Neuromusculoskeletal exam for underlying physical impairments that may limit function.
  • Physical capacity tests
    • Vision
    • Strength
    • Agility
    • Finger dexterity
    • Keyboarding speed
    • Manual dexterity
    • Aerobic capacity
    • Posture tolerances
    • Materials handling
  • WorkAbility Summary with clarification of exam validity (consistency of effort), limiting health conditions, suitability for any specific occupational goals, and exercise/accommodation options.

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Each assessment uses performance-based metrics to predict a person’s ability to perform specific demands. The exact components vary according to the nature of the person’s work. At REHAB AT WORK, standardized protocols determine the level of participation and activity that is right for the patient following rehabilitation, thus providing the highest probability for a return to work without re-injury.

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