A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a thorough and objective physical assessment that is used to measure an injured worker’s physical capacity to complete work-related tasks and duties. The components of the FCE will vary based on the purpose of the assessment and the work-specific tasks of the injured worker.
The evaluation process is extensive and may include activities such as lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling; and positional tolerance activities such as sitting, standing, walking, balancing, reaching, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, object handling, hand grasping, and hand manipulation. Pain monitoring is frequently performed during the FCE to document reported levels of indicated pain during the various activities. The FCE report typically includes an overall physical demand level, a summary of job-specific abilities, a summary of performance consistency and effort, and follow-up treatment recommendations.