Andrea Carter Completes Functional Capacity Evaluations Training

Andrea Carter, lead Physical Therapist at Northern Rehab’s Sandwich clinic, recently completed training to perform Functional Capacity Evaluations in occupational rehabilitation. If injured at the workplace, a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is an assessment that focuses on major physical tolerance abilities related to musculoskeletal strength, endurance, speed, and flexibility.  Carter attended a training program through Matheson, a company that has gained a reputation over the last 45 years as being the leader in occupational rehabilitation.  This company trains professionals to become “thinking evaluators”.  As defined by Matheson, a thinking evaluator is someone who has skills, interest, and time to consciously structure the evaluation, administer tests, gather and interpret data, report the results of their evaluation at a high level, and make informed decisions with regard to the gathered facts.

The Functional Capacity Evaluation is an invaluable tool frequently performed to assess a client’s physical abilities in comparison to demands of a target job. The purpose is to collect and estimate reliable and valuable information about current functional and vocational status, and address general work ability beyond a specific job. FCE’s also assist in assessing a client’s ability to return to work in a specific job or the appropriate next step options for rehabilitation.

Andrea is now accepting new patients for Functional Capacity Evaluations and Work Conditioning/Industrial Medicine rehabilitation at the Sandwich clinic. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call our Sandwich clinic at 815.786.1888.