Sam Bradbury, ATC, MAOM
A Wealth of Information
Sometimes you have to teach an old dog new tricks.Take the function capacity evaluation (FCE) as an example.
Although FCEs have been around for many years, we're finding new uses for them.
...Sam Bradbury, ATC, MAOM, is CEO of Quality Essential Health Systems in Liberal, Kan., which specializes in work injury management, prevention and outcome programs.
A Wealth of Information FCEs come in many formats and protocols, from low-tech single testing devices, such as pegboard evaluation tools, to high-tech computerized systems that integrate voice technology.Regardless of the format, FCEs can help us establish functional abilities and detect inconsistent performances among injured workers, identify appropriate return to work limits, and document performance participation levels.
Using standardized testing procedures, you can collect data about a worker's performance, including movements, manual handling techniques during lifting, and endurance levels for postures (sitting, standing, kneeling, stooping, bending, reaching).FCEs also help us determine tolerances to strenuous job tasks, such as lifting, crawling, ladder and stair climbing, walking, running, throwing and repeated heavy grasping.
... -Sam Bradbury, ATC, MAOM
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