A functional capacity evaluation is a set of test, practices and observations usually conducted by a physical therapist. These test are often recomended by a doctor in a workers compensation matter. The purpose is to determine what the injured work is physically able to do and at what level. For instance, you maybe able to lift overhead after a shoulder injury but not routinely or often.
The evaluation will usually push you physically. Be careful it does matter who performs the test as there is also subjective obersvations component to attempt to determine if the person performing the tests is giving full effort or is not trying or holding back.
It is best to discuss with your workers’ compensation attorney any time you hear your doctor speak of a functional capacity evaluation.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
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