Functional Capacity Evaluation


A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is the objective measurement of a person’s ability to perform functional work activities. Functional testing provides an objective measure that is useful in determining work placement, accommodation, treatment requirements, case management, or disability eligibility for a worker. The physician may determine a diagnosis and estimate work “restrictions”. However, in an evidence-based medical model, measurements are preferable to estimates. Thus, when the ability to work is limited or disability is uncertain, functional capacity testing is beneficial in providing an objective determination.


FCE Uses:


The Functional Capacity Evaluation has become a basic component of work injury management and has been used in the following ways:

  • As a stand-alone test to assist in the determination of return-to-work possibilities or to determine whether the absence of abilities to perform the activities involved in gainful employment places the person in a category of disability
  • As an entry point to work-related rehabilitation
  • As a basis for designing work modifications that allow a person to return to work
Associated Medical Centers of Illinois (select office location to see hours of operation)

AMCI - Beverly Park Medical Center
11012 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643

Phone: (773) 298-0990

AMCI - Midway Medical Center
4354 W. 63rd St.
Chicago, IL 60629
Phone: (708) 505-6400

AMCI - Oak Park Medical Center
6326 Roosevelt Rd.
Oak Park, IL 60304
Phone: (708) 660-9070

AMCI - Jackson Park
7531 S. Stony Island Ave., Ste. 176
Chicago, IL 60649
Phone: (773) 947-7746

AMCI - Northside Medical Center
2656 W. Montrose Ave., #100
Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (773) 267-1304

AMCI - South Holland Medical Center
16131 Lasalle St.
South Holland, IL 60473
Phone: (708) 331-0711

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