Functional Capacity Evaluation

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is an assessment tool often required when a person has had an injury that may affect employment. An FCE is normally conducted by physical therapists with special training and certification. They are typically used after a worker’s compensation claim to determine if the injury sustained will inhibit the ability to return to work.

A person’s ability to perform duties and function in a variety of work-related settings is assessed through standardized tests and observations that will:

  • Collect information regarding physical abilities
  • Determine whether or not an employee can return to previous job duties
  • Determine strengths, abilities, weaknesses and needs
  • Establish the level of physical performance within tolerance

A typical FCE, which includes a questionnaire and simulated activities, can last several hours or longer, depending on the scope of testing. The therapist will determine the patient’s strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, cardiovascular condition, body mechanics, and pain.

Through this analysis, a therapist identifies if changes to an employee’s workload are needed, or modifications to the work environment. The FCE also provides information on long-term prognosis, as well as what occupational rehabilitation treatments may be beneficial.


Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Our highly experienced and regarded orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that affect bones, joints, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and nerves of the extremities and spine. They are proud to be affiliated with both St. Mary Mercy Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital..

Back, Neck & Spine

You’ll have the advantage of the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures in back and neck pain. A team approach to your spinal problems may include physical therapy, medication, exercise, weight loss and therapeutic spinal injections. Additionally, we offer the area’s best orthopedic spine surgeons for repair or reconstruction of structural disorders.

Pain Management

The pain management / physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians at Mendelson Kornblum have a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge regarding pain-relieving techniques and treatments. Areas of specialty include back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, pinched nerves, post-surgical pain, cancer-related pain, musculoskeletal injuries, and rehabilitation for back and neck injuries. If you have acute or chronic pain that affects your mobility and ability to function, Mendelson Kornblum Orthopedics can help restore your quality of life.

Physical Therapy

Our rehabilitation approach complements your surgeon’s intervention with continual sharing of diagnostic information that can help promote a speedy recovery. In addition, due to our exclusive dedication to orthopedic conditions, we have developed many techniques that can significantly reduce the amount of pain during your rehabilitation.