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Northern California Functional Capacity Evaluation

Are You Ready to Return to Work Following an Injury?

If your Work Comp injury has resulted in a decrease in your ability to work, the most objective and effective way to document its effect on you is through a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE).

An FCE is a comprehensive assessment used to determine an individual’s physical capabilities, specifically in regards to how well they can perform work-related tasks. This is a standard test for anyone receiving workers’ comp benefits. It provides patients, their care team, and the insurance company with an estimate on how well the patient can perform their job or how long it might take for them to return to work.

What you should know about FCE:

  • Programs are built from peer-reviewed research
  • They provide detailed information about whether or not a patient can return to work
  • They are recommended for patients who cannot return to full duty
  • They help identify what work duties a patient can do safely and independently after a work comp injury

If you’d like to learn more about functional capacity evaluations in Northern California, call NMCI Medical Clinic today at (408) 755-3304.

What to Expect

An evaluation is generally one to three hours depending on a patient’s condition and job requirements. Make sure you wear comfortable clothing for the exam. You may need to perform light exercises as part of the test, so sweatpants, lightweight shirts, and sneakers are a good idea. Be sure to also bring any assistive devices such as canes, eyeglasses, or wheelchairs if you need them. At NMCI, our FCE is done at our clinics and is designed to safely assess your ability to perform job duties. If you are hurt at work, this test will allow your employer to understand your capabilities.

Dedicated to Your Well Being 

  • Workers Compensation Experts

    We provide medical legal services such as permanent and stationary reports, QME, and AME evaluations. Additionally, our providers can perform Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s) to assess our patients work limitations so they can safely and independently perform their job duties.

  • Specialized Programs

    We offer a functional restoration program (FRP) designed to help patients cope with chronic pain and whom have had inadequate outcomes from prior treatment and medications. Through this program, you will learn to reduce the negative impacts of chronic pain including depression, anxiety, and social isolation.

  • Comprehensive Care

    We have specialists in the fields of pain management, physiatry, occupational medicine, osteopathic medicine, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, psychology, acupuncture, physical therapy, and more.