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I’m Scheduled for a FCE. Now What?

As part of our Patient Advocate Program, MedRisk is committed to informing injured workers on what they can expect when they’re scheduled for workers’ comp-related tests and procedures.

This post is designed to help patients prepare for a FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluation). It should not be considered medical advice; if you have specific questions, you should contact your physician or case manager.

What is it?

FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluation) is a set of tests, practices and observations that determine a patient’s physical and functional ability, to perform certain tasks. FCE’s are most commonly used to determine whether a patient can return to work and safely perform their work duties.

What to expect

Pre-exam questions

  • Because an FCE exam involves a number of physical tests, you will be asked to fill out medical paperwork in advance of your exam.

What to wear

  • Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes and sneakers.
  • Leave your jewelry (rings, watches, earrings, etc.) at home. You’ll be asked to remove them for the exam.

About the exam

  • On average an FCE exam can take about 4 to 6 hours. Be prepared to spend about 4 to 6 hours at the therapy center. You may bring water and a snack, in case you get hungry.