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.