PROFESSIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES IS PERFORMING FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATIONS at their Little River Location (111 Pavilion Drive Suite 20, Little River, SC 29566; 843-281-4222).
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a systematic instrument that can reliably measure the functional physical ability of a person to perform a work related series of tasks.
It can be used:
- Before and after a rehabilitation program.
- To modify a treatment program.
- To evaluate whether an injured worker can return to work.
- To determine degree of disability.
Professional Rehabilitation Services utilizes the MediGraph FCE, which is an objective, peer reviewed, published procedure that has been shown to be both reliable and valid in determining an individuals' work capacity.
The FCE at PROFESSIONAL REHAB SERVICES is performed by a certified evaluator who is also a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), is certified as workers compensation health care provider (CWcHP), and is a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS).
Components of the FCE
- History: a thorough medical history is obtained from the patient and the reason for the FCE is explained.
- Physical Examination: baseline physical measures are obtained looking for limitations as they may relate to any limitations found in functional testing.
- Functional Testing: Assess an individuals' ability to perform various functional work related tasks: lifting techniques, pushing/pulling, carrying, reaching, work overhead, bending, rotational movements, crawling, kneeling, squatting, ambulation, balance, hand/dexterity coordination, hand strength, positional tolerance.
A formal evaluation is compiled based on the individuals' performance of functional measures and a determination is made as to what physical abilities are present. These abilities are then compared to a workers' job description as listed in the U.S. Department of Labor in assessing appropriate return to work level.