What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)?

Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) are a detailed assessment of a worker’s physical ability to meet their job’s physical requirements. The results outline the worker’s physical strength, balance, dexterity, mobility and productive work tolerances. ​

How can FCE help me?

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) can be immensely helpful by providing valuable insights into your physical capabilities and limitations. It assesses your ability to perform specific tasks or job duties, offering objective data that can inform healthcare decisions, rehabilitation programs, and return-to-work plans. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or seeking to maximize your functional abilities, FCE empowers you and your healthcare team to make informed choices and optimize your overall well-being.

What to expect from an FCE?

At Mountainview Health & Wellness, Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) are conducted by qualified therapists with specialized training and clinical expertise. During these evaluations, various measurements are taken to assess an individual’s functional abilities. These include lifting power, push and pull strength, duration of standing and walking, flexibility, reaching ability, grasping and holding capabilities, bending capabilities, and balance. By systematically evaluating these aspects, our therapists can provide valuable insights into an individual’s physical capabilities and limitations, which can inform rehabilitation programs, return-to-work plans, and overall treatment strategies aimed at optimizing functional capacity and promoting recovery.

FCE Benefits can include:

  • Assessing an individual’s physical capabilities and limitations
  • Determining an individual’s ability to perform specific tasks or job duties
  • Identifying any functional deficits or impairments affecting work performance
  • Providing objective data for healthcare providers, employers, and insurance companies
  • Assisting in the development of rehabilitation and return-to-work programs
  • Evaluating progress and tracking changes in functional status over time
  • Enhancing communication between healthcare providers, employers, and rehabilitation specialists
  • Supporting the determination of disability status and eligibility for benefits
  • Promoting safety in the workplace by identifying potential risks or hazards
  • Empowering individuals to safely return to work or engage in activities of daily living.


Through objective data and comprehensive evaluations, FCE helps individuals and healthcare professionals develop personalized rehabilitation plans tailored to specific needs.