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Functional Capacity Evaluation

Functional capacity testing provides objective information to determine an individual's work abilities as well as the status of their occupational disability.

Individual assessments last approximately three hours and are conducted by a physician along with occupational and physical therapists. Testing parameters include strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, cardiovascular condition and body mechanics—all in relation to job demands.

Results are summarized with recommendations regarding:

  • ability to perform on the job
  • return to work status
  • patient's level of functionality

Functional capacity evaluations are available at several Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) locations and can be offered as part of a comprehensive chronic pain care program, occupational rehabilitation or work conditioning and hardening program. Physician referrals indicating job descriptions and functionality requirements are needed prior to scheduling a functional capacity evaluation. Test results are sent to the referring physician or agency.