A functional capacity evaluation is a physical assessment of one's abilities to perform certain specific tasks.
A functional capacity evaluation, also known as an FCE, is designed to give doctors, lawyers, and Judges a quantitative measurement of a person's ability to do physical activities. In turn, this information has a direct a bearing on one's ability to return to work within limitations or restrictions.
FCEs are often ordered when a doctor feels that a patient may be ready to return to some sort of employment following an injury. They are utilized in Workers' Compensation cases, personal injury lawsuits, and can also be helpful in Social Security Disability claims.
FCEs are usually completed by occupational therapists. Insurance companies or governmental agencies may be responsible for payment to secure the FCE.