II. Definition

  1. Formal evaluation of functional capacity as it relates to patient Impairment
  2. Functional Evaluation is most often directed at work capacity in specific occupations and roles
    1. Contrast with Disability Evaluation that is not directed at a specific task

III. Indications

  1. Musculoskeletal Impairment that subjectively limits a patient's work capacity

IV. Evaluation

  1. Performed by physical therapists and occupational therapists
  2. Uses a standardized battery of performance based tests
    1. Typically requires 4-6 hours to perform (up to 2-3 days in some cases)
  3. Identify a list of body regions required for a specific job
    1. Identify both maximal and sustainable levels of physical exertion
    2. Measure what an employee is willing to perform
  4. Areas of testing
    1. Strength
    2. Endurance
    3. Positional tolerance
    4. Body mechanics
    5. Repetitive activity tolerance
    6. Work simulation

V. Types

  1. General Evaluation
  2. Job-Specific Evaluation

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