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Functional capacity evaluation

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a normal part of the process of recovering from a work-related injury. Physical therapists, like those at SOL Physical Therapy, can offer FCE services that use scientific and objective standards to measure an individual’s ability to return to their duties.

At SOL Physical Therapy, our FCE can help answer questions like:

  • Can the individual return to work safely?
  • What physical demand level (PDL) is safe for the individual? 
  • What are the individual’s safe lifting tolerances?
  • What work accommodations could be made in order for the individual to return to duty?
  • What is the next appropriate step in regard to rehabilitation?
  • What are the individual’s cardiovascular and physical endurance limitations for working?
  • What are the individual’s positional tolerances for standing, sitting, walking?

Baseline FCE

Our baseline FCE can help determine whether an individual is fit to perform a wide range of job duties, if they are fit to perform a limited range of duties, or if they are still unfit to return to work at the current stage of their recovery.


Our team always uses standardized, scientifically proven methods, tools and techniques to ensure that the results of an FCE are accurate and reliable.


The results we determine from our FCEs are always fair and unbiased. The methods we use are objective and trustworthy.


We present FCE results in a clear, simple format that can help the individual and their employer make a decision in the individual’s work status.

Legally defensible

The results of an FCE may need to be scrutinized in a court under circumstances, such as in a legal lawsuit involving an individual and the employer. Our team performs FCEs within acceptable standards, and the results are definable in courts.

Contact SOL Physical Therapy today for functional capacity evaluation

If you or someone you work with needs an FCE to assess the ability to return to duty, contact SOL Physical Therapy today. We can provide an accurate, reliable FCE that can help you and your team safely determine the status of an individual’s ability to return to their duties.