Have you been injured at work and had to deal with the stress of filing a worker's compensation claim? Hundreds of thousands of workers experience injuries from occupation related events or occurrences every year. Thousands of work days are missed and millions of dollars spent. The statistics are staggering: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh2.pdf.
There are so many hoops to jump through and details to pay attention to; it can be overwhelming. Often, one of the hardest decisions during a work comp injury case is knowing when you are ready to return to work. Luckily, we can help with that.
A Functional Capacity Evaluation is one of many tools in our belt. Also knows as FCE, a Functional Capacity Evaluation is an intensive test that requires a patient to perform duties that are a replica of their actual occupation. The physical requirements of the patient's job description are assessed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Our DPT's create a series of physical tests that have to be completed over the course of consecutive hours. The patient's performance, physical capabilities and response are documented using the nationally recognized OccuPro system (Learn more about the importance of thorough documentation at www.occupro.net.) Occupro does not only test the patients capability to perform certain job demands (i.e. lifting, bending, standing, walking, etc.), but also the level of stress the body experiences while performing those tasks (i.e. heart rate, endurance, blood pressure, etc.) The combination of detailed data is what makes our FCE's the most competent test on the market for return-to-work status.
If you or someone you know has been injured at work, call us! We will be happy to discuss if an FCE could help you in your worker's compensation case.