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Functional Capacity Evaluation in New Jersey

Based out of Cedar Knolls, NJ, you can count on Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons for your next Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), to help determine if you are physically ready to go back to work.

What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) consists of a variety of tests used to assess the functionality of a specific body part or parts. Functional Capacity Evaluations help determine whether an individual is ready to return to the workplace following a disabling injury.

If an individual is deemed unfit by the FCE to return to work, these tests can also help provide rehabilitation measures to help them return to work more quickly.

Benefits of a Functional Capacity Evaluation

  • Reduce (or in some instances, eliminate) your pain and discomfort.
  • Improve your self-esteem by returning to the workforce.
  • Provide your insurer with the information they need to process your claim.

How are Functional Capacity Evaluations Performed?

When beginning an occupational therapy regiment, functional capacity evaluations are an important factor in the direction that the treating physician will take with the patient’s care.

  • The procedure involves a series of comprehensive evaluations to provide insight on an appropriate course of treatment.
  • He/she examines the foot and ankle in accordance with the patient’s reported symptoms and forms conclusions based on the tasks required in the workplace.
  • The physician examines the bones and tendons of the foot and ankle to determine a patient’s feeling and sensations.
  • The patient’s abilities are assessed based on their balance while walking, standing, and crouching.
  • Additionally, the patient will be tested in these areas while exerting varying amounts of energy, such as while carrying objects.
  • The physician will continually ask the patient to rate his/her pain throughout the tasks to ensure that no further damage to the area is incurred.

Depending on the patient’s line of work, assessments can last from six to eight hours. The evaluations are broken down into segments to ensure patient’s comfort and safety. Once the tasks are complete, the physician will determine the appropriate course of action and the estimated time before the patient can return to full duty.

Preparing for a Functional Capacity Evaluation

The evaluation is intended to address your physical capabilities and whether these injuries prevent you from returning to work.

Because of this, your Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeon physician will walk you through a battery of tests that can last anywhere from 3-6 hours, depending on your specific circumstances.

On the day of your FCE, we strongly recommend wearing tennis shoes with good traction on the bottom (please, no open toed shoes). We also recommend comfortable clothing, such as a t-shirt and shorts.

Since the primary goal of the FCE is to determine the limits of your body’s natural functionality, it is important that you not take over the counter or prescription pain medication beforehand.

Functional Capacity Evaluation Recovery

Recovery from your Functional Capacity Evaluation will likely be minimal and will often only require rest and relaxation.

A New Generation of Foot & Ankle Specialists

Our test results are trustworthy, accurate and provide objective data and information in each specific workers’ compensation case.

Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, both Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson represent a new generation of foot and ankle specialists.

Dr. Mark Solomon serves as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries. In addition, Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons has been voted the top podiatrist in Morris County.

How Much Does a Functional Capacity Evaluation Cost?

Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons accept Medicare and Atlantic Health System’s local health insurance. We are considered an out-of-network provider with other insurance plans.

Some insurance plans include an out-of-network provision. If your insurance plan has this provision, it is likely to cover a portion of the eligible charges. As a courtesy, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will submit your claims on your behalf.

If you do not have medical insurance, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will review the various payment options we offer. We offer CareCredit® financing and accept major credit cards.

It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know and understand what services are covered under their individual insurance policy.

We take pride in making your experience as comfortable as possible. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!