The FCE is a medical test to measure an employees function post-injury. The WorkSTEPS FCE is designed to document existing impairment, prove consistency, and create realistic objective treatment goals and return to work recommendations. The WorkSTEPS FCE is also automated and includes criteria to evaluate symptom magnification, inappropriate illness behavior, and validity of performance. (This information is invaluable to objectively move the patient through the system in a fair and timely manner.)
The employer is interested in a (FCE) at the time of injury to determine severity and legitimacy. One (FCE) is administered during rehabilitation to determine progress. And a post rehabilitation test to determine the employees ability to return to their job.
Functional Capacity testing is essential to objectively streamiline the rehabilitation process and save employers considerable time and money. FCE's should be performed on all work related injuries.
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