Functional Capacity Evaluations at The Therapy Network

A functional capacity evaluation is a set of tests and observations to determine your ability to return to work. It is a standardized objective assessment of your physical skills related to a specific job.

Here are seven reasons or incidents that may require a functional capacity evaluation:

  • You were involved in a job injury and must present a functional capacity evaluation before returning to work.
  • You are applying for Social Security Disability.
  • You are planning to return to work after a prolonged illness
  • A catastrophic event injured you
  • You are seeking to obtain vocational rehabilitation services
  • You are transitioning from supportive services to a work setting
  • After an injury, your physician would like to set a benchmark and rehabilitation goals.

What to Expect with a Functional Capacity Evaluation at The Therapy Network

A functional capacity evaluation is standardized, and the focus will also vary depending on your employment position. The standardized portion of the assessment will include the following tasks:

  • Lifting, Pushing, Pulling, and Reaching
  • Walking
  • Stair Climbing
  • Balance Assessment
  • Bending
  • Sitting and Standing from a Seated Position
  • Cognitive Assessment

Prepare for Your Appointment

An appointment will be scheduled with a professional physical therapy specialist, and they will perform the functional capacity evaluation. Although it is a standardized test, there are ways that you can prepare. Here are four ways:

  • Dress comfortably, including appropriate shoes
  • Bring any medications you are currently taking
  • Bring any assistive devices that you are now using, such as a cane
  • Bring a description of your job’s physical requirements

Six Locations in the Coastal Virginia Region

A functional capacity evaluation at The Therapy Network is available at any of our six locations in the coastal Virginia region, including Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake