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I’m Scheduled for an FCE. Now What?

As part of our Patient Advocacy 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?

An FCE is a set of tests, practices and observations that determine a patient’s physical and functional ability to perform certain tasks. FCEs 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

  • Be prepared to spend about 4-6 hours at the therapy center. You may bring water and a snack, in case you get hungry.

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