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Functional Capacity Evaluations

A Functional Capacity Evaluation examines and assesses an individual’s ability to participate and to tolerate various physical tasks such as:

  • sitting
  • standing
  • walking
  • climbing
  • lifting
  • carrying
  • grasping
  • pushing
  • pulling
  • reaching
  • stooping
  • kneeling
  • using hands with manual dexterity

Each test is objective with measurements of weights, distances, times, and standardization of scores. Most Functional Capacity Evaluations are done over 2 days or about 2-3 hours each day usually afternoon and then morning. In some situations, evaluations can be completed in one afternoon or morning.

All evaluations include physical abilities and tolerances as well as validity, credibility, and reliability.