Integrated Functional Solutions

For Injured Clients: Frequently Asked Questions about Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)

What is involved in a FCE?

An FCE consists of an interview, a musculoskeletal exam and various physical tests that may simulate your work demands.

What is the purpose of an FCE?

Following an injury, it is important that an accurate and thorough examination of a person's functional ability be completed either prior to returning to work or following completion of a rehabilitation program to ensure that the injured individual is able to safely resume their pre-accident work. In some cases, a person may not be able to return to their pre-injury work, and their residual capabilities need to be established. These are often the reasons for a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) to be completed.

As such the testing requires that you participate in a variety of tasks throughout the day. Your safety and well being are monitored throughout the day. The specific tasks will be explained during the evaluation and you will have the opportunity to have your questions and concerns answered.

How long is the evaluation?

Typically an evaluation is six or seven hours in duration. You will have the opportunity to take a lunch break.

  1. Please come prepared for a full day assessment, generally this is a 6 or 7 hour evaluation, unless otherwise arranged. Schedule yourself for the full day and allow for adequate travel time to and from the centre.
  2. Wear comfortable, loose clothing that will allow you to move with ease and supportive footwear (i.e. sweat pants, t-shirt and runners).
  3. Please bring a pair of shorts to change into for a portion of the evaluation day.
  4. Take your regular medications and bring any medications that you need to take with you.
  5. Bring a list of current medications you are taking.
  6. Bring any adaptive aids you are using or require when working (i.e. knee, back brace, splint, etc)