Three Rivers Physical Therapy offers valuable services geared at assessing patients’ work-related abilities and getting them back to work. One of the services that we offer is the administration of Functional Capacity Evaluations. These services are not only offered for individuals suffering from injuries sustained while working, but also individuals and employers looking to gain insight on job recommendations and accommodations.
Functional Capacity Evaluations or FCE’s can be administered to patients who are currently utilizing Worker’s Compensation or who need a formal assessment of work capabilities. FCE’s can give detailed information about physical work capabilities based on a variety of physical tasks, as well as consistency of pain ratings and effort given over the course of a 3-4 hour evaluation. Our goal is to give physicians detailed and job-specific information regarding patient’s work related abilities as well as limitations. These findings can generate specific recommendations and accommodations for your clients. During an FCE, patients should expect to be assessed in a variety of tasks such as squatting, bending, kneeling, walking, reaching, carrying, pushing, pulling, and gripping. Throughout the test we will also be monitoring pain ratings and consistency of effort. Patients should expect the evaluation to take up to 4 hours and should wear comfortable clothing.
If you are interested in scheduling a Functional Capacity Evaluation or would like more information regarding our services, please feel free to contact us at (406) 541-8778.
Three Rivers Physical Therapy also offers Work Hardening/Work Conditioning programs. These programs are patient specific and focus on preparing for the return to work. The program may include work simulated tasks, cardiovascular conditioning, improving musculoskeletal function, coordination, work behaviors, work safety, and general endurance. The goal is to safely return the patient to their vocation and reduce the risk of re-injury.