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What to expect during your first visit at STAR:

A patient’s first visit will include an in-depth evaluation with your Physical Therapist. At this time the therapist will try to determine exactly what is the cause of the problem. We will then formulate an in-depth plan to quickly eliminate the problem, prevent it from occurring again and help you get into better condition than you were before. It is our goal to get you out of pain as quickly as possible, and back to your best level of function.
Be sure to dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

What can I expect during a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

The functional capacity evaluation assesses the individual’s ability to return to work.. Typically, an FCE focuses on a job goal rather than on individual aptitudes, interests, and temperaments. There are two types of FCEs:

  • Baseline FCE: An objective assessment of the individual’s physical abilities to perform avariety of tasks related to the physical demands of work
  • Job Specific FCE: An evaluation of the individual’s physical abilities to function within the parameters of an identified job. The job specific FCE is based on critical physical demands of the essential functions of the job. Work simulation activities are often an integral component of the evaluation.

A Physical Therapist trained to administer FCE’s will evaluate you. The session lasts between 2-6 hours depending on the individual’s needs. The process involves filling out pain and function questionnaires and completing physical tasks. The FCE evaluator will analyze the data collected from the session to reflect the specific objective information regarding functional work ability in the
determination of occupational disability status.

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