Functional Capability and Abilities Evaluation
A FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES EVALUATION (FAE) IS AN ASSESSMENT THAT UTILIZES SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES AND MEASUREMENTS TO ANALYZE THE ABILITIES OF A CLAIMANT AS RELEVANT TO THEIR PRE-INJURY LEVEL OF FUNCTION (INCLUDING PRE-ACCIDENT WORK DEMANDS AND DAILY ACTIVITIES). RESULTS ARE THEN USED TO AID IN THE DIRECTION OF CLINICAL TREATMENT, RETURN TO ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING AND WORK, AND WORK-CONDITIONING PROGRAMS.
Furthermore, the data can be used to identify tasks, environments, and equipment that present barriers to the recovery and restoration of a claimant’s functional capacity. The test procedures vary from claimant to claimant, depending on their functional requirements and their type of injury. The test assesses for strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, cardiovascular condition, and functional tolerances of lifting, pushing, carrying, pulling, and body mechanics.