The Functional Capacity Evaluation is a test that objectively documents an individual’s ability to perform a variety of work-related tasks.


  1. To objectively quantify an individual’s physical capabilities and limitations
  2. To determine if evaluee is ready to return to work
  3. To establish safe lifting limits
  4. To identify whether the evaluee responded in a physiologically appropriate or inappropriate manner
  5. To assist in making recommendations regarding the evaluee’s rehabilitative potential and in designing a rehabilitative program

The Functional Capacity Evaluation begins with a physical therapy evaluation and continues with a biomechanical analysis to objectively identify the individual’s ability to perform a variety of job-related tasks. This data is reported to you in understandable language. The test takes approximately four hours and includes an evaluation of 15 different activities.


  • Standing
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Bending
  • Squatting
  • Sitting
  • Carrying
  • Climbing
  • Reaching
  • Kneeling
  • Walking
  • Pushing
  • Balancing
  • Handling
  • Crawling

Vital signs (blood pressure and pulse), height and weight are also reported.

Written reports are available in a timely manner following the evaluation.

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