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Functional Capacity Evaluations

Athletico’s Functional Capacity Evaluations are “thinking evaluators”

Athletico Physical Therapy is able to answer your specific referral questions and customize Functional Capacity Evaluations to meet the needs of each case, while still focusing on individual resolution. Athletico is committed to a 72-hour report turn-around time and accepts new patients requesting Functional Capacity Evaluations as quickly as possible.

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How Athletico Physical Therapy Functional Capacity Evaluations Maximize Reliability:

  • Accurate measures and documentation
  • Standardized clinical protocols
  • Standardized tests and equipment with published reliability
  • Consistent ( industry-accepted) training
  • A consistent reporting format

How Athletico Physical Therapy Functional Capacity Evaluations Maximize Validity:

  • Broad spectrum of physical effort tests ( i.e.: isometric, biomechanical, cardiovascular, and behavioral)
  • Use of distraction-based clinical testing
  • Comparison of results to industrial standards
  • Use of MET testing for work endurance
  • Enforcement of high-end legal judgments supporting the protocols and procedures

Types of FCEs we offer:

Baseline FCE:

  • Assessment of the functional ability to perform the spectrum of work tolerances related to the physical demand factors of job tasks
  • All job tasks are tested
  • Best suited when restricted duty is available or Return to Work to previous job is improbable or not possible
  • Addresses consistency of effort, reliability and quality of effort

Job-Specific FCE:

  • Assessment of the match between the client’s functional capabilities
  • Accomplished by evaluating work tolerances with specific parameters and the use of structured work simulations
  • Addresses consistency of effort, reliability and quality of movement
  • Office Coordinators obtain a job description for a specific FCE

Upper Extremity FCE:

  • Available upon request
  • Evaluator focuses on tasks related to upper extremities and lifting if required for job
  • The evaluator will not need to test lower extremity function (kneeling, squatting, bending, stooping)

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