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Functional Capacity Examinations

Functional Capacity Evaluation

Functional Capacity Examinations (FCEs) are evaluations conducted by medical professionals to assess an individual's physical abilities and limitations. These examinations are often used to determine an individual's ability to perform work-related tasks after an injury. At our pain management clinic, we arrange FCEs to help individuals who have experienced workplace injuries get back to work safely and effectively.

FCEs are a comprehensive evaluation of an individual's physical abilities and limitations. During an FCE, the individual will perform a series of tasks designed to evaluate their physical strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. The results of the FCE can help determine the individual's ability to perform specific work-related tasks.

There are many benefits to undergoing an FCE. For example, FCEs can help ensure that an individual is physically capable of performing the tasks required for their job. This can help reduce the risk of re-injury and improve overall job performance. Additionally, FCEs can help individuals better understand their physical limitations and develop strategies to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

At our pain management clinic, we work with individuals to determine if an FCE is the right choice for them. We take a personalized approach to each patient and work to ensure that our evaluations are safe, effective, and efficient.

If you have experienced a workplace injury and are interested in learning more about FCEs, contact our pain management clinic today to schedule an appointment.


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