Not necessarily. A Functional Capacity Evaluation, or FCE, is performed by a physical therapist or doctor who studies your response to physical activity in a subjective way. Everyone feels pain differently, everyone describes pain differently, and the results of an FCE don’t always determine whether or not you are truly well. In fact, a 2004 study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information evaluated how well certain physical tests in an FCE determined whether or not an injured worker would re-injure him or herself in the near future. The study looked at workers compensation claimants who had recently undergone injury to their lower backs. Each had to perform the floor-to-waist lift task in a Functional Capacity Evaluation. Many of those who passed the floor-to-waist lift task ended up with another low back injury within the year, while many of those who didn’t pass the part of the evaluation experienced no recurring back injury. 20% of the workers studied experienced another low back injury within the year.
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