What is the Definition of Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)?Thousands of Nevada workers sustain on-the-job injuries every year. Construction and mining are two of Nevada’s biggest industries. They also produce some of the highest rates of injury among their workers. However, Las Vegas employees can get injured in every job, including “safe” jobs. Retail workers injure their backs lifting boxes. Stagehands fall from ladders and scaffolding. Casino workers slip on spilled drinks. Culinary workers suffer cuts and burns. When you file a workers’ compensation claim, your ability to perform work tasks will determine the benefits you receive and how long the insurer pays for those benefits. Although a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) will not happen in every case, it can provide valuable information to you, your workers’ comp lawyer, and your employer’s insurer.
What is an FCE Test: Definition of a Functional Capacity EvaluationAs its name suggests, a functional capacity evaluation tests your ability to do physical tasks that you might be required to perform at work. A physical therapist, chiropractor, or another healthcare provider will typically administer the test.
Performing the Functional Capacity EvaluationDuring the test, you will try to perform several tasks. The administrator will record your ability to complete the tasks. If you cannot perform a task or you experience pain or fatigue while performing a task, you will inform the test administrator. Some of the tasks included on a functional capacity evaluation workers’ compensation test could include:
Preparing for the EvaluationBefore it starts, you should refrain from taking any pain medication. The test evaluates your physical condition in your normal, unmedicated state. You should dress appropriately for physical activity. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you would wear for exercise or work. As you go through the evaluation, provide honest feedback to the evaluator. Tell the person administering the test when:
- You feel pain
- You get fatigued
- Your range of motion is limited