What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) measures an individual’s physical ability in relation to job or work functions. You may be asked to complete a functional capacity evaluation for the following reasons:

  • Social Security and private insurance disability benefits
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Returning to work after illness or injury

The FCE tests an individual’s ability to:

  • Walk
  • Sit
  • Stand
  • Lift and carry
  • Climb stairs
  • Achieve various physical positions and perform various activities relevant to job-related tasks

The evaluation is performed by an occupational therapist or physical therapist and typically takes 3-4 hours to complete over 1-2 days, depending on the information needed.

A doctor’s referral is required. Please ask your physician to include the medical diagnosis that warrants the evaluation along with the referral.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Rehabilitation Department at 570-887-4801.

We offer a full range of rehabilitation services for patients of all ages to restore maximum function and improve quality of life. We offer a full range of rehabilitation services for patients of all ages to restore maximum function and improve quality of life.