Home > Programs & Services > Functional Capacity ...

Functional Capacity Evaluations

At Brooks, our goal is to get our patients back to life outside of rehabilitation. We offer several services that are used to evaluate the ability of an individual in work settings.

Functional Capacity Evaluation

The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is often recommended when an individual has reached a plateau in progress, his or her subjective reports do not correlate with objective findings, or when he or she has reached maximal medical improvement (MMI).  An FCE is a comprehensive test that provides detailed information about an individual’s ability related to daily functions including ability to return to previous level of employment. 

The Goal is Return to Work

Work Capacity Evaluation

Work Capacity Evaluation (WCE), similar to the FCE, requires a job description be provided. This allows the evaluator to compare the individual’s performance to the job requirements and generate more useful information and recommendations related to work tolerance.

Purpose of the Service

  • Assist with disability determination and case closure
  • Identify functional improvement
  • Identify physical demand levels
  • Identify functional limitations
  • Establish safe work parameters

Components of the Service

  • Interview
  • Physical screening
  • Work activities & postures
  • Grip and effort testing
  • Task lifting/material handling
  • Cardiovascular testing
  • Job simulation (WCE only)
  • Documentation of reliability and effort

The FCE and the WCE are both part of Brooks’ extensive Worker's Compensation program. To schedule one of these examinations, contact the central intake unit at (904) 345-7277 ext. 3.