Functional Capacity Exam (FCE)

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Source One Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists & Occupational Therapists located in Plano, TX & Fort Worth, TX

Functional Capacity Exam (FCE) Specialist
Testing your functional abilities before going back to work after time off or for other situations is crucial. It helps you stay safe and evaluates your potential performance, setting you up for success. Source One Physical Therapy offers personalized functional capacity exams (FCEs) to test targeted functional abilities at the Plano and Fort Worth, Texas, locations. Call or click to get an FCE with one of Source One’s knowledgeable and friendly therapists today.

Functional Capacity Exam (FCE) Q & A

What is an FCE?

An FCE, or functional capacity exam, is a set of tests, practices, and observations that are combined to determine the ability of the evaluated person to function safely and effectively in a variety of circumstances, most often employment, in an objective manner. Physicians change diagnoses based on FCEs. They are most commonly used to determine performance skills and abilities related to resuming former employment or a new job.

Who can benefit from an FCE?

A thorough FCE can offer a range of benefits to people in many different situations, including:  

  • If you were injured at work or have spent time away due to illness or injury and need to know if you can return to work safely or should seek a new type of job
  • If you’re looking to apply for Social Security disability benefits, an FCE can help determine your eligibility
  • If you’re seeking vocational rehabilitation services

Also, if you’re a student getting services to help you transition from school to a workplace setting, an FCE can evaluate your skills and the extent of support you’ll need to perform in a job.

What does an FCE consist of?

An FCE generally consists of a series of functional tests to evaluate your ability to perform the duties of your job, evaluate eligibility for disability benefits, or other functional abilities. The specific tests performed in your exam will vary depending on your occupation, or whatever the reason is for your wanting an FCE. The tests are individualized and targeted to evaluate your functional ability to perform certain tasks.

Is there any special equipment used during an FCE?

At Source One, providers use JTECH testing equipment to perform comprehensive FCEs. JTECH's Active Care Rehab System offers cutting-edge tools to objectively evaluate, document, and monitor your functional ability and progress over time.

JTECH’s devices offer broad applications. They capture accurate active range of motion data, perform muscle tests that evaluate the strength of peripheral and nerve roots, and generate automated reports your provider can analyze and assess quickly.

How long does an FCE take?

Source One Physical Therapy providers administer FCEs on a one-on-one basis. The exam specifics vary depending on your condition and may take up to four hours.

If you need an FCE, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment with Source One Physical Therapy at either the Plano or Fort Worth, Texas, location.

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