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Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)


A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a set of tests, activities and observations that are quantified to determine the ability of the client/patient to perform objectively in a variety of circumstances, particularly in a work environment.

Functional Capacity Evaluations are used for a variety of reasons. One can use an FCE to develop a treatment program, to measure the physical abilities of patients before and after a rehabilitation program, to modify treatment, to determine if an individual is able to work, to evaluate whether an injured worker can work, and to determine when he/she can return to work.


The worker must be able to perform specific tasks related to their particular job activities. Work related tasks involve varying postures and positions, as well as, differing strength and flexibility requirements in order for the employees to accomplish their duties in a safe manner


typically require the evaluator to determine the worker's capability to perform various work-related tasks and whether there is a match between these abilities and the essential job performance components. An FCE is a tool to quantify and qualify these job requirements in a controlled and safe environment


Because physical therapists are experts at evaluating an individual's ability to perform activities, skilled at analyzing work tasks, and able to measure the wide range of environmental factors that can affect work performance, they are well qualified to perform FCEs and pre-employment screening tests.

Logan Kanode, PT, DPT has been trained to perform FCEs and post-hire pre-placement pre-employment screens. These tests are performed on a one-on-one basis and may range from 1 to 6 hours in length.

Logan Kanode is certified through WEBFCE. He performs their proprietary Functional Capacity and pre-employment screening programs and procedures.

What Is the FCE?

 Functional Capacity Exam (FCE) evaluates an employee's ability to perform their job tasks. The software analyzes the injured employee's health status, needs and restrictions, degree of impairment, and ability to return to work. It easily detects malingering and symptom magnification. The detail rich FCE report delivers scientifically determined, accurate assessment of the individual's health and capabilities.

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The individual will complete a set of 7 tests between a 2 to 4 hour period under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. 

The tests focus on determining the measurements during these particular movements: 

  • Lifting power

  • Push and pull power

  • How long one can stand or walk

  • Flexibility and reaching

  • Grasping and holding capabilities

  • Bending capabilities

  • Balance capabilities

If you are scheduled for an FCE, make sure you wear comfortable clothes (i.e. athletic wear) and bring a bottle of water as the tests do cause fatigue. 

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Rigorous. Comprehensive. Peer-Reviewed.

 FCE report is quantitative and rooted in peer-reviewed research. It measures every physical factor from grip strength to sit-stand tolerance. No guesswork involved! Just a report you can trust.

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An FCE is executed for the purpose of the Physical Therapist to make their recommendations on the physical status of the individual. Their recommendations will include one of the following for the individual; be able to return to work, continue Physical Therapy, consider Surgery, or be treated as a Maximum Medical Improvement individual. These options will allow the individual to make an informed decision to help prevent reinjuring themselves.


 FCE report is a legally defensible document you can stand behind confidently. Extensive footnotes and quantitative data make it rock-solid in court.

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